Lewis Hamilton dominates to win Chinese Grand Prix from Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari

Lewis Hamilton dominates to win Chinese Grand Prix from Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari

The Mercedes driver started at the Shanghai International Circuit on pole position, and never lost the lead in a race that was not effected by rain, despite forecasts of a wet track, for race-day.

Hamilton converted pole position into the lead at the start from Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari.

Hamilton was certainly not blinded by the achievement of victory, when he acknowledged the performance of Ferrari post-race.

"I had the feeling that we probably needed to stop at some point so I would rather do it earlier to get out of the traffic, the cars in front of me, but that didn't happen", said Raikkonen, who spent more than 20 laps stuck behind first Verstappen and then Ricciardo.

"I am just a chink in the chain, there are a thousand people involved", he added.

Clearly, the big competition this season will be against Ferrari and Mercedes.

The analysis however shows that Ferrari is better in warmer conditions while the Mercedes prefers the cold. He says he expects Ferrari to do better in the hotter conditions coming up in Bahrain. "That's not bad after two races".

"If there wasn't a safety auto it would have been a flat-chat race, a couple of seconds between us the whole way", said Hamilton.

But it was a good day for Hamilton, Vettel probably made the pass of the race with an overtake Ricciardo, which took from turn five to turn six to complete, and Verstappen's progress from 16th to third was the drive of the day.

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The victory enhanced the Briton's reputation as one of Formula One's greats as he moved closer to Michael Schumacher in a number of different areas.

The same issue was discussed at the driver briefing at last year's U.S. Grand Prix after Daniel Ricciardo positioned his auto in a similar way on the Japanese Grand Prix grid.

"We stopped too late for new tyres and after that it was pretty much race over".

"I think there's stuff that we can do better, must do better, can improve".

Daniel Ricciardo finished fourth for Red Bull, crossing the line just 0.8 seconds behind Verstappen after hassling the Dutchman in the closing stages of the 56-lap race. Sebastian Vettel battled past his teammate to take second place, whilst Red Bull were having their own inter-team battle.

"I was controlling it at that time, I was quite chilled at the front because I wasn't being pressured from the Red Bulls".

This led to the safety auto coming out on track to ruin Vettel's smart strategic move.

The wet weather conditions would have certainly made the race more interesting between the two but the German driver dropped a few places after deciding to go to the pits just before the safety auto was deployed to clear Antonio Giovinazzi's crashed Sauber vehicle.

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