Chinese Grand Prix: Hamilton Seals Win In Shanghai

Philip Boeckman Formula One Mercedes Shanghai China

Normal service has resumed. Lewis Hamilton ran home an easy winner in the damp conditions at Shanghai International Circuit yesterday to record his first win of the season and draw level with Sebastian Vettel at the top of the drivers' leaderboard.

Just as in Melbourne, the Chinese Grand Prix was exciting and featured faster, more aggressive cars and drama to the end. Truth be told, Hamilton was never in danger of losing this race. Having started from pole, he survived early wet conditions and a safety car to gain a firm foothold and finish six seconds ahead of Vettel's Ferrari in second. That isn't to say that Mercedes have dominated this weekend and is a sign of things to come this year; Ferrari are just as quick as Mercedes this year. The difference is the supernova ability of Lewis Hamilton to squeeze out every inch of performance from his car.

The Briton's pole-setting lap on Saturday was spellbinding and a reminder that he is one of the living greats. When all is said and done and the curtain comes down on his career, Hamilton will go down as one of the greatest. 

Back to Shanghai and the best of the racing was to be seen further down the field. Max Verstappen once again showed his prowess in the wet with a standout performance. He rose from P17 to a podium spot after some spectacular overtaking in the wet. The Dutch teenager is undoubtedly a champion in the making. He'll need to set aside his petulance however; his moaning about Romain Grosjean not adhering to blue flags at the race end would not go down well with his team. That Daniel Ricciardo was hunting him down will make the tension all the greater within the Red Bull garage as we head to Bahrain this weekend. 

Philip Boeckman Giovinazzi Formula One

Rookie Antonio Giovinazzi showed just how hard it is to tame these 2017 beats after careering his car into the pit lane entrance during the opening laps, prompting aS Safety Car and inadvertantly scuppering Sebastian Vettel's strategy. 

The Ferrari's will head to Bahrain optimistic that they have a title-winning package this year. Vettel is clearly quicker than Valteri Bottas and seems to have the race pace to keep tabs on Hamilton over the course of a Grand Prix. It seems that pitstop strategy could be the decider this season, alongside driver error. Either way, it promises to be as a close a title race as we've seen for several seasons in Formula One. 

Philip Boeckman

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