Hamilton beats Vettel for Chinese Grand Prix win

Mercedes driver Hamilton secured his first victory of the 2017 in Shanghai, dominating the race with Ferrari's Vettel finishing behind the Briton in second place. I said I???m coming back in the next one.

"For Lewis, it was a pretty drama-free afternoon: he was managing the pace in the right way, our strategy was spot on and, on an afternoon when there was lots of scope for making mistakes, he didn't put a foot wrong." . It had everything fans could want in a Grand Prix, including changing weather conditions, a safety vehicle, a virtual safety auto and plenty of overtakes, the majority of which were completed without the assistance of DRS.

Hamilton won from pole here but Vettel had the measure of him in pace - as he had when beating him at the first round in Melbourne - but was unlucky with pit stops behind the safety vehicle and was held up when stuck behind his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

"Now he needs to forget about it and concentrate on the next race." . "Ferrari have done a fantastic job - it's very, very close", Hamilton added, referring to the difference in performance between the sport's top two teams.

While Ferrari's vehicle 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. "This is just the beginning..."

Red Bull's Max Verstappen improved from 16th position on the starting grid to finish third, fighting off a spirited challenge from teammate Daniel Ricciardo on the final lap.

"I think at the moment, we're a bit in a lonely competition because in front of us, they are too quick, and behind us, (the other teams) are too slow", he said. "I think the one thing that would be nice to come out of it is. because it was obvious what he was trying to do - get to the drier part of the track which you can understand - but it would be good to have clarity of does a driver have to start in his grid box or not".

Vettel's hopes of catching Hamilton in China were hampered by the appearance of the safety auto after Sauber's Antonio Giovinazzi crashed, which allowed Hamilton to pit for a tyre change without losing ground. "They are very, very strong", he said after today's race. On the first lap, Lance Stroll brought out a virtual safety auto after contact with Sergio Perez, then took a huge hit from stand-in Sauber driver Antonio Giovinazzi, which initiated a full safety vehicle period. "It was good fun, I can't complain". But during the Chinese Grand Prix, those fears were dispelled. I expect it to ping-pong through the season.

"I was targeting... if we could score some nice points that would be positive, but then the first lap was very challenging".

"What I said to Sebastian as I left the last race???" It is just race two.

Now it's off to Bahrain next week, and that could be anyone's race.



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