Lewis Hamilton drove an exceptional race to come from third on the grid, just starting the race after a fuel problem kept him in the garage until seconds from the off, to his and McLaren’s first victory of the season in the Chinese Grand Prix. Some incredible overtaking moves and exceptional pace ensured the victory for Hamilton, which looked uncertain during the first half of the race. In the end his three-stop strategy gave him the fresh tyres to square up to the more jaded front-runners, namely Sebastian Vettel, and claim victory with just a few laps to go.
Vettel came home in second, having qualified comfortably in pole yesterday, whilst team-mate Mark Webber lived up to his ‘fighter’ tag by battling through the field superbly. Beginning the race amongst the rear markers, Webber looked set for further disappointment after the initial laps, lying in 16th place, but he ended up third after a tremendous drive and momentously quick three-stop strategy. Vettel currently leads the Drivers’ Championship with 68 points, having seen his lead cut by second-placed man Hamilton, 21 points behind. With the next Grand Prix in Turkey in three weeks’ time, the pressure will be on Vettel to ensure that his advantage isn’t further curtailed by the resilient McLarens, or team-mate Mark Webber.