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.”