Hamilton wins Chinese Grand Prix despite frightful track conditions

Cheryl Sanders
April 23, 2017

Hamilton and Vettel have now traded positions between the first two Grand Prix and are currently tied in the Driver Standings.

Shanghai was expected to give a good indication of whether Mercedes or Ferrari has the faster auto, but Hamilton thinks the race is a hard one to properly analyse.

Lewis Hamilton secured his first win of the season ahead of Sebastian Vettel in an enthralling Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday.

The three-time world champion, who started on pole, steered his Mercedes to a crushing Shanghai win, beating Vettel's Ferrari by just over six seconds with Max Verstappen finishing third for Red Bull.

'It is going to be one of the closest championships, if not the closest, I've personally ever experienced, ' said Hamilton. "We are joint right now on points and I have got to try and make sure I finish ahead of him at the next race".

"I honestly think it will stay the way it is", said Hamilton when asked if his rivalry with Vettel would remain a friendly one. "I am fighting a four-time world champion who is at his best and is phenomenally quick". Vettel's pass of Verstappen on lap 28 was one of the most breathtaking of the day as the Ferrari driver surged past when Verstappen locked up momentarily.

"At this stage in the race Ferrari and Mercedes were talking about going to the end and then obviously Sebastian triggered it with his stop, Lewis covered it. And Ferrari are at their best in years", Hamilton said.

"The ultimate fighter always wants to go up against the best battle you can have".

"On a track and in conditions which were very different from those we had in Melbourne, we proved that we have a strong auto", Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said. I was very happy with that and then after that I had a really good race.

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff called Hamilton's win at the Shanghai circuit the "perfect riposte' to Vettel's Australian Grand Prix win".

"I really hope it is an out-and-out fight through stubbornness, through mental stability, through fitness, composure and through just out-driving the person on track".

Marchionne then said the 2017 F1 auto was "absolutely" not built to favour Vettel's driving style.

The 32-year-old won two of his three titles in last-race showdowns, beating Ferrari's Felipe Massa in 2008 only when he passed a auto on the last corner of the final lap of the last race.

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