Hamilton hits back with Chinese win
- Author: Julie Sanders Apr 20, 2017,
Apr 20, 2017, 0:03
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton won a tight fight with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel to take pole position for today's Chinese Grand Prix.
Unfavorable conditions left the Shanghai International Circuit drenched on Sunday as Formula 1 completed the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix.
Hamilton crossed the line 6.2 seconds ahead of Vettel, the victor of last month's season-opening race in Australia, to claim his fifth win in Shanghai.
The young Dutch driver was even threatening Hamilton for the lead at one point, but fell back and eventually got passed by Vettel midway through the race.
Raikkonen couldn't challenge the Red Bulls for podium position and settled for fifth place overall, with Verstappen finishing third and Ricciardo fourth. Type "JOIN" and send to 9910181818.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen stole the show with an incredible drive, going from P16 all the way to seventh right in the first lap.
The battle for the victory at the close was very much a two-horse race beetween Hamilton and Vettel; however, with the Briton coming out ahead of the German, having taken pole into the race.
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. "And Ferrari are the best they have been in a decade".
"I honestly think it will stay the way it is", said Hamilton when asked if his rivalry with Vettel would remain a friendly one. The damp start brought Red Bull into contention but it seemed likely they would drop behind Ferrari as the track tried out. "The race was a lot of fun, very entertaining".
"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. "Would, could, should - I think Lewis was quick, full stop", he said.
"And it was going to mean we would have to pull out all the stops and really have a very, very ideal lap, you know, a solid lap". There was a hairy moment at the end of the first session of qualifying when Antonio Giovinazzi smashed his Sauber into a wall on the pit straight, although the Italian walked away unhurt.
While Ferrari's auto proved a match for main rival Mercedes this season, Raikkonen has yet to finish on the podium - although he pointed out that his strategy compromised his race in China.