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Lewis Hamilton dominates to win Chinese Grand Prix from Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari

20 April, 2017, 11:38 | Author: Alberta Rodriguez

Verstappen admitted Red Bull are a little lonely in third place, with the two rivals too far ahead and the rest of the back some distance off behind.

When the action got going, Lewis Hamilton led comfortably from the front and was untroubled to pick up another win in China.

Formula One: Who will win 2017 Drivers' Championship? Verstappen had got the better of Ricciardo early on but a front wing adjustment at the pitstop made a significant difference to the Australian's auto.

"I think this will be one of the closest title fights if not the closest I have experienced".

The three-time world champion led away at the start of the race in damp conditions and was able to hold on to his lead through Virtual Safety Car and Safety Car periods which occurred in quick succession.

“I feel that, even with that, we should have had a better result: maybe we could have changed the tyres a bit earlier.

"The ultimate fighter always wants the best battle that you can have because when you come out on top it is so much more satisfying".

First, the German blew past Raikkonen before going wheel-to-wheel with Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo at turn seven, producing puffs of blue smoke as the cars touched tyres. "We are both doing that and I think that is a great place to be. I hope they're feeling the spirit, I hope they're feeling the fight... because it's on".

The triple world champion and the teenaged Red Bull driver engaged in some light-hearted banter on the podium, withHamilton, while summing up the race, hesitating mid-sentence and seemingly forgetting Verstappen's name before calling him "this young guy here".

Vettel's race was scuppered by a portion of bad luck.

But when the safety vehicle was deployed for real only moments later - after Antonio Giovinazzi crashed his Sauber for the second time in as many days - Hamilton was able to stop for dry rubber. Mercedes may have pummelled the competition a year ago, but star driver Lewis Hamilton said Sunday the German constructors face a heavyweight brawl with a beefed-up Ferrari team this season.

Sebastian Vettel was in good form for the duration of the race.

Hamilton's buffer to Vettel was healthy throughout the race, with the German closing to within seven seconds late on, but he doubts it would have been the case without the safety auto.

"Our auto is longer, so when we get to Monaco I don't know how I'm going to get my vehicle around some of those very, very tight corners".

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