Published: Tue, April 18, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Post Chinese GP win, Hamilton predicts 'closest' fight with Vettel

The three-time world champion dominated from pole to finish at the Shanghai International Circuit in the main race, that was filled with action, on a track that initially was damp but started to dry after the first few laps.

Vettel hunted down Verstappen on Lap 29 when the Red Bull driver was locked up and ran wide on the Turn 14 hairpin, allowing Ferrari to take the second place. Or so he thought.

Two lap later proper safety vehicle was out after Antonio Giovinazzi suffered his second heavy crash.

It was also a third career grand slam for Hamilton, who secured pole position with an impressive lap time in qualifying yesterday.

"I'm looking forward to this, not only with Sebastian but with the other guys who will be amongst it".

"I'm trying to keep the vehicle on the track and look after the tires at the same time, it was definitely really tough", Hamilton said.

Ferrari have looked competitive since pre-season testing and there was very little to choose between Germany's Vettel and Hamilton in terms of pace and performance throughout the Shanghai weekend.

"It was better here than it was last race, but the result shows we still have improvements to make in the set-up, but I think we know what we want to do", he said.

During his successive title-winning years, critics used to suggest Vettel could not overtake but, not for the first time in his subsequent championship-less years, the German proved his wheel-to-wheel skills are just as sharp.

Raikkonen - who was unhappy with how his own strategy played out later in the race - also spent much of the first stint holding Vettel up while the pair were bottled up behind the Red Bulls, all while eventual race victor Lewis Hamilton built a lead out in front.

"He's performing at his best, he is rapid out there, so when I'm able to get ahead, it only compliments you, and vice versa".

A dominant Lewis Hamilton delivered a crushing victory at the Chinese Grand Prix to join title rival Sebastian Vettel at the summit of the Formula One championship.

The four-times world champion found himself bottled up behind Ricciardo and his slower team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, costing him valuable time. However, Bottas spun under the Safety Car and dropped to 12th. Vettel tried to put some late pressure on Hamilton, turning up the wick with 15 laps to go, forcing the Mercedes driver to react and up his own pace, stabilizing the gap. "They are very, very strong", he said after today's race.

"Obviously, we were a little unfortunate with the safety vehicle early on, but even if it wasn't there, you never know how it could have impacted on the race", he said.

Force India claimed their second double points finish in succession with Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon ninth and 10th respectively.

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