Lewis Hamilton took his 54th Formula 1 victory today at the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai
The Mercedes ace won ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, as the pair switched places for the first two Grands Prix of the new season.
With the completion of China, Formula 1 now heads to the Middle East for the 2017 Formula 1 Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix from April 14 to 16 at Bahrain International Circuit.
Hamilton completed the 56-lap race in one hour 37 minutes 36.158 seconds. His win was the fifth of his career at Shanghai International Circuit and first of the 2017 season.
He also claimed the third Grand Slam (pole position, race win, fastest lap, leading every racing lap) of his F1 career.
Lewis (43 points) now holds a joint-lead in the Drivers’ Championship with Vettel.
Mercedes (66 points) lead the Constructors’ Championship by a single point from Ferrari (65 points).
Hamilton commented: “My pole lap put me in a great position and then the start was just fantastic. I’m really happy with my starts right now so I want to keep that up; During the race I needed to keep my composure in some really tricky conditions out there. After the pit stop under the Safety Car the speed was low and the tyres were very cold, so it would have been very easy to make a mistake, so I’m just grateful that I didn’t.
“In those final 20 laps Seb and I were just pounding around as fast as we could, exchanging fastest lap times, that’s what racing is all about. In the future there will be times when we don’t have a Safety Car and we won’t have that gap. I’m excited for that."
“It’s very close and there were times when it was hard to match Sebastian. It has been a fantastic weekend and I’m so grateful for the effort the team has put in for us to be where we are today."
“It’s very overwhelming when you have a weekend like this, because I’m just a single link in the chain and there are hundreds of people who are involved to put me up here on the top step.”
|3||Max Verstappen||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||56||+45.192s||15|
|4||Daniel Ricciardo||RED BULL RACING TAG HEUER||56||+46.035s||12|
|7||Carlos Sainz||TORO ROSSO||56||+72.893s||6|
|8||Kevin Magnussen||HAAS FERRARI||55||+1 lap||4|
|9||Sergio Perez||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||55||+1 lap||2|
|10||Esteban Ocon||FORCE INDIA MERCEDES||55||+1 lap||1|
|11||Romain Grosjean||HAAS FERRARI||55||+1 lap||0|
|12||Nico Hulkenberg||RENAULT||55||+1 lap||0|
|13||Jolyon Palmer||RENAULT||55||+1 lap||0|
|14||Felipe Massa||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||55||+1 lap||0|
|15||Marcus Ericsson||SAUBER FERRARI||55||+1 lap||0|
|NC||Fernando Alonso||MCLAREN HONDA||33||DNF||0|
|NC||Daniil Kvyat||TORO ROSSO||18||DNF||0|
|NC||Stoffel Vandoorne||MCLAREN HONDA||17||DNF||0|
|NC||Antonio Giovinazzi||SAUBER FERRARI||3||DNF||0|
|NC||Lance Stroll||WILLIAMS MERCEDES||0||DNF||0|