Red is the colour as Fernando Alonso wins Chinese Grand Prix

Chinese Grand PrixFerrari Formula One driver Fernando Alonso of Spain, flanked by Lotus Formula One driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland (L) and Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, celebrates on the winners' podium during the victory ceremony after the Chinese F1 Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit. (Reuters)

Fernando Alonso roared to a dominant victory in the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday to give Ferrari their first win of the Formula One season.

In a dry race dictated by tyre choices and frequent pitstops, the Spaniard beat Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen by 10.1 seconds to make amends for crashing out of the previous race in Malaysia.

Lewis Hamilton completed a trio of world champions on the podium with third place for Mercedes after the Briton started on pole position.

The win was Alonso's second in China, where red is regarded as the colour of good fortune, and his first since Germany last July. It was also the 31st victory of his career - taking him to fourth in the all-time list alongside Britain's 1992 champion Nigel Mansell.

"The team did a perfect job with the setup of the car," said Alonso, who is now third in the overall standings on 43 points after three races - six points behind Raikkonen and nine adrift of Red Bull's triple champion Sebastian Vettel.

"It was a fantastic race for us from the start. There were no big problems and the tyre degradation was better than expected. It feels great," he added.

"In the two races we've finished we have got second place and victory so our start of the 2013 season is very good."

Raikkonen had started second on the grid but made a slow getaway and was immediately passed by both Ferraris. The Finn fell to fourth spot before battling back through the many pitstops and despite a broken front wing.

Vettel finished fourth, just 0.2 behind Hamilton after a thrilling chase to the chequered flag, with McLaren's Jenson Button fifth to ensure five champions in the top five places.

"We're not quite there yet, but we're not so far away," Mercedes principal Ross Brawn, whose team won in China from pole last year with Nico Rosberg, told Hamilton over the radio.

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