Lewis Hamilton roars to victory in Chinese Grand Prix

Paola Ditto
Aprile 16, 2017

April 9 (ANI): Three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton on Sunday drove a masterful race to win the Chinese Grand Prix. He spent the rest of the day catching up, only to finish in sixth place.

When the action got going, Lewis Hamilton led comfortably from the front and was untroubled to pick up another win in China. At one stage it looked as though he may do the unthinkable and pass the triple world champion - another who excels in the wet conditions - after moving to within one second of the eventual victor.

Hamilton's buffer to Vettel was healthy throughout the race, with the German closing to within seven seconds late on, but he doubts it would have been the case without the safety vehicle.

"At that time I was quite chilled - but later, when Sebastian got behind, we had a real race on our hands, although I had a good gap". "And Ferrari are the best they have been in a decade". I feel like I am at my best, too.

'The ultimate fighter always wants the best battle that you can have because when you come out on top it is so much more satisfying.

During his post-race interview, Hamilton said that this title challenge with Vettel is going to be the closest he has personally experienced.

"We're both doing that, and that's a great place to be".

"Honestly, I hope that Red Bull can improve through the season because I think a third element in the fight would be even more exciting". Such a decision left the 37-year-old, who also complained of power issues early on, behind the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

"The vehicle was good when the tyres were fresh, but it seemed to lose the front and at a place like this, you give a lot of time away and struggle to drive".

Vettel's race was scuppered by a sheer bad luck.

A wet start saw fun and frolics going on all around, but Ferrari didn't mage to out-strategy Mercedes this time and Hamilton never really looked in danger, except early on when Vettel pitted under a virtual safety vehicle for dry tyres and Hamilton didn't.

But when the safety auto was deployed for real only moments later - after Antonio Giovinazzi crashed his Sauber for the second time in as many days - Hamilton was able to stop for dry rubber.

Lewis Hamilton mastered Shanghai's changing conditions and stayed clear of squabbling rivals to win the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday.

Vettel, the German driver, has four world championships to Hamilton's three, and the Briton says the two have a mutual respect to congratulate each other's victories, as Vettel did in Shanghai last on Sunday.

Vettel said: "Lewis did the best job".

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