Mercedes driver Hamilton wins Chinese GP from pole

In the speedy SF70H, Ferrari finally appear to have a vehicle capable of challenging for honours after a decade-long championship drought. We felt the more competitive tyre would be to go onto the super-soft and then have a second stop.

His Ferrari team pulled him into the pits to change to slick tyres on just the second lap following the deployment of the virtual safety vehicle as Lance Stroll was punted out of the race by Sergio Perez.

As well as this costing both Ferrari drivers time, Vettel was able to overtake Ricciardo shortly after passing Raikkonen.

It was a nice race, we arrived second, we are second in the constructors' championship by one point and Seb has the same points as Hamilton.

Yes, the triple world champion led all 56 laps of the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday as he won for the 54th time in his F1 career, but without the arrival of a safety auto period early in the race, he would not have had such a straightforward afternoon.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton steered clear of a chaotic start to the Chinese Grand Prix and coasted to victory ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel in second and Max Verstappen of Red Bull who finished third.


"It's always painful when you don't have a good result", said Raikkonen, who was fourth in Australia and fifth in China. "We are both doing that and it is a great place to be".

'It's now 1-1 for us against Ferrari and the development race is on.

"Then inside turn two, another vehicle, outside turn three.always trying to go around the outside or inside and it worked. He is performing at his best-he is rapid out there-so when I am able to get ahead it is a compliment and vice versa". The scenario I am in right now, I am fighting against a four-time world champion, who is at his best and is phenomenally quick, and a Ferrari team which is the best they have been in a decade.

A chaotic start to the race on a wet track, however, scuttled the highly anticipated showdown as Hamilton coasted to victory for his fifth title in Shanghai and first of the new Formula One season.

"Later when Sebastian got behind and we had a race on our hands, but obviously we had that gap". At that time I was chilled at the front.

“I feel that, even with that, we should have had a better result: maybe we could have changed the tyres a bit earlier. "Because then when you come out on top, it's so much more satisfying".

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