Lewis Hamilton took a dominant victory in the Chinese Grand Prix, the double time world champion finish behind the safety car following Verstappen’s incident.
Leading the race from start to finish; the Brit was in cruise control as he romped to his second victory of the season. Also this is his fourth victory in Shanghai for Chinese GP
Hamilton’s Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg took second, Malaysian Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel finish third.The second Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen comes home in fourth ahead of Williams pair Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas.
The Lotus of Romain Grosjean is seventh, ahead of Sauber’s Felipe Nasr, the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo and the second Sauber of Marcus Ericsson.
“First of all a fantastic job by team. It was great to have a smooth weekend. Following the race Hamilton said
“It was about controlling the gap for me and saving tyres for when I needed them.
“The safety car wasn’t helpful as it was an anti-climax but as long as no-one was hurt then that’s the important thing.
David Coulthard, Ex F1 driver and BBC F1 co-commentator says that, Fuel key to Mercedes-Ferrari duel – “With higher fuel loads it seems Ferrari have been able to keep Mercedes honest but when it lightens they can’t keep up.”
Force India driver Nico Hulkenberg on his retirement: “I’m not sure what happened to the car. I just lost drive and had to park the car. It was an unpleasant experience. The German told BBC
“It is what it is. I felt OK, not mega not great. I was surprised I could keep up with the Toro Rosso and Lotus at the start. It’s disappointing.”
Hulkenberg is one of two retirements so far, Daniil Kvyat of Red Bull the other.