March 19, 2019

Lewis Hamilton wins China F1 Grand Prix for McLaren

I'd almost forgotten what this felt like.

McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton chased down championship leader Sebastian Vettel with four laps to go for a thrilling victory in todays China Formula 1 Grand Prix.

Red Bull’s stranglehold on the title race took a hit as Hamilton made the most of fresher tyres and smarter tactics.

Jensen Button was denied third place when Mark Webbers charge from 18th place on the grid reeled Button in on the penultimate lap.

It was a sweet moment for Webber who had endured critcism after a disastrous qualifying effort.

Hamilton said “I think today the strategy we came up with definitely helped.”

“My new option tyres seemed to last longer. The pit stops were fantastic.

“The car felt great and I was trying to nurse my tyres while picking up pace. It was one of the best races I’ve experienced.”

Vettel said “We came out in the lead and then I think we tried too hard to stay on two stops.”

“I saw Lewis coming closer and there was no point defending too hard – he found his way past.”

“We did a couple of mistakes but still finished second so I’m very happy with that. We can learn a lot today.”

Race Results
1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes
2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault
3. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
4. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes
5. Nico Rosberg Mercedes
6. Felipe Massa Ferrari
7. Fernando Alonso Ferrari
8. Michael Schumacher Mercedes
9. Vitaly Petrov Renault
10. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber
11.Paul Di Resta Force India