Hamilton roars to Shanghai victory
- Author: Angelo Rivera Apr 13, 2017,
Apr 13, 2017, 1:03
The Mercedes driver turned the tables on Sebastian Vettel by taking the chequered flag at the Shanghai International Circuit track on Sunday.
Following his performance at the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix, his team boss Toto Wolff said that when Hamilton is at his best he is in a different league.
Sebastian Vettel battled past his teammate to take second place, whilst Red Bull were having their own inter-team battle.
Of course, it was entirely possible given how well the talented Verstappen has been driving since making a huge splash at last year's Spanish Grand Prix, which he won in his first start for Red Bull after being promoted from feeder team Toro Rosso.
Ricciardo finished fourth, followed by Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas in sixth. Type "JOIN" and send to 9910181818.
"It's disappointing to finish fifth, but I'll take those points and hopefully be in a better position next race".
Speaking on the intercom to his pit crew just as the race concluded, Hamilton promised to keep the momentum going forward. However, this step became useless when another safety auto was deployed in the fourth lap, after the Sauber of Antonio Giovinazzi crashed into the barriers.
Asked if he had an idea at which tracks Mercedes might hold the edge, and which tracks might suit Ferrari, Hamilton said: "It's a little bit hard".
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.
But the championship momentum now rests with Hamilton ahead of the second of this back-to-back instalment in Bahrain on Sunday.
In the end, fate decided for Hamilton, who was able to control the race from the front throughout and respond to his pursuers, who were always kept well out of arm's length.
"I was honestly a bit bored, so I just thought let's bang some wheels and get the crowd excited", said Ricciardo. The desert heat could play into the hands of Vettel with his Ferrari expected to fair better in the warmer climate than Hamilton's Mercedes auto.
The race could have turned out very differently had it not been for a key moment on lap four. "I've said it before, on a hard day in hard conditions there is nobody else I would like to have in the auto".