Hamilton wins Chinese Grand Prix despite disgusting track conditions

Lewis Hamilton's so-called "bromance" with Sebastian Vettel has become a defining storyline of the new season, but the Briton is not anticipating a messy break-up even if their title battle goes the distance this year.

The first half of the race brought plenty of daring passes as the Ferrari and Red Bull cars jockeyed for position behind Hamilton.

"Obviously I had the feeling we should stop".

"Then we chose to change tyres since the track was quickly drying out, so that we could take advantage from the slicks; but luck was not on our side as the safety auto came in right after. 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". "I think I overtook nine cars in the opening lap so it was a very good race for me", Verstappen added.

"The start was fantastic, I'm so happy with the way starts are going so I'm going to keep that up!"

- Hamilton has claimed eight podiums at Shanghai, more than at any other Grand Prix.

"Just small things, but the effect could be quite big".

"But I know what we need and we have a very clear picture of what we want to do".

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

Luckily, fans won't have to wait as long for the next Grand Prix of the season as Formula 1 heads to the Bahrain International Circuit for the third race of the year.

'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. To get our auto ahead of a Ferrari and a Mercedes is a good day's work.

Ferrari's Vettel won in Australia but Hamilton put his Mercedes back on pole in Shanghai, indicating the F1 world is in for a close battle for the whole season. I feel like I am at my best, too. "Because then when you come out on top, it's so much more satisfying".

Vettel took the opportunity to dive into the pits to change to dry weather tyres.His gamble backfired when Antonio Giovinazzi - standing in for Pascal Wehrlein at Sauber - crashed, bringing out the actual safety vehicle two laps later.That let Hamilton to switch to dry weather tyres without losing position and also allowed both Red Bulls and Vettel's Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen to jump the German.Verstappen, who overtook nine cars on the first lap, immediately dispatched team mate Ricciardo to move up to second. Kimi Raikkonen finished fifth followed by Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas and Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz.

  • Julie Sanders