Hamil­ton cruises way to win Chi­nese Grand Prix

The China Post - - SPORTS -

World cham­pion Lewis Hamil­ton won the Chi­nese Grand Prix f or the sec­ond year run­ning on Sun­day, hold­ing off Mercedes team­mate Nico Ros­berg in a race which fin­ished un­der the safety car.

The Bri­ton made it two vic­to­ries from three races this sea­son and ex­tended his record num­ber of Shang­hai wins to four, while Se­bas­tian Vet­tel and Kimi Raikko­nen fin­ished third and fourth for Fer­rari.

Hamil­ton was cruis­ing home al­most five sec­onds ahead of Ros­berg un­til Max Ver­stap­pen’s Torro Rosso stopped on the pit straight two laps from the end, bring­ing out the safety car.

Af­ter a flaw­less week­end, Ham- il­ton darted ag­gres­sively into turn one from pole and he picked up the pace over the sec­ond half of the race.

Ros­berg, who re­acted an­grily his near-miss in Satur­day’s qual­i­fy­ing by snap­ping at his me­chan­ics over the ra­dio, pushed hard, at one point de­mand­ing: “Tell Lewis to speed up.”

Hamil­ton, who had been pro­tect­ing his tires, duly obliged af­ter a sec­ond round of pit stops, and es­tab­lished a com­fort­able gap over the Ger­man.

Vet­tel, who stunned dom­i­nant Mercedes to win in trop­i­cal Malaysia two weeks ago, failed to pro­duce a sim­i­lar up­set as the Sil­ver Ar­rows re­sumed nor­mal ser­vice.

Wil­liams driv­ers Felipe Massa and Valt­teri Bot­tas fin­ished fifth and sixth re­spec­tively.

AP

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamil­ton, of Bri­tain, leads team­mate Nico Ros­berg, of Ger­many, in an early lap of the Chi­nese For­mula One Grand Prix at Shang­hai In­ter­na­tional Cir­cuit in Shang­hai on Sun­day, April 12.

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