Autosport (UK) - - PIT + PADDOCK/LETTERS -

THERE WERE SEVERA LO UTSTANDING PER­FORM­ERS IN CHINA: Lewi sh amil­ton com­pletely con­trolled thing sfr omthe front; Se­bas­tian Vet­tel charged im­pres­sive­lyto sec­ond after his strat­egy back­fired; Maxver­stap­pen pro­duced a mes­meris­ing first lap toleap from 16th to sev­enth; and Fer­nando Alonso was heroic in the weedy Mclaren-honda. Bu tc ar­los Sainz Jr’s race to sev­enth wa st he pick of a bril­liant bunch.

His Toro Rosso wa st he only non-mercedes, Fer­rar­ior Red Bull runne rt o fin­ish on the lead lap, de­spit ed rop­ping t o1 8th on the first lap and spin­ning be­hind the safety car afte rst art­ing the race on slicks on a we ttr ack .S ainz­matched the pace o ft he lead­ers a tt imes ,i n tricky mixed con­di­tions, and was­mile sf aste rt han any of his­mid­field com­peti­tors. H eh a ss ev­eral high­lights from thi ss ea­son ,bu t de­scribe sc hin aa s “my mo sts pe­cial Sun­day”.

“When you have aca rt hat givesyou con­fi­dence when­ever it’s damp, when­ever it’s tricky con­di­tions, you can al­ways ex­tract that bit­more,” he says. “I wa st hink­ing Imade the wrong de­ci­sion on tyres, es­pe­ciall yw hen Is aw 99% o ft he field on the in­ter, and then spin­ning on the sec­ond o rt hird lap. But, all of a sud­den,i saw my­self catch­ing the leadi ngg rou p.o bvi­ously, they pulled awa yw hen the track dried out ,bu ti en­joyed tha tr ace a lot.”

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