LEWIS Hamilton has done it again with a commanding win at the Formula one Grand Prix of China.
The Silver arrows of Hamilton and Rosberg reigned supreme in Shanghai as they came one and two in final practice, then qualification, and ultimately Sunday’s race.
The concerns of the Mercedes AMG team over the Ferraris apparent spurt of performance and superior tyre strategy in Malaysia have been put to bed. Leading from the start with a controversial grid stance, Hamilton launched himself in front of Rosberg to take an authoritative lead which saw him through to the chequered flag.
So much so in fact that Rosberg complained to the crew that Lewis was forcing him to shred his tyres buy taking it easy. An accusation that seemed to be proved when Lewis sped up in the last quarter of the race after the pits told him to stop coasting. His impressive lead form that point would have been even greater, were it not for the safety car’s intervention two laps from the end owing to Max Verstappen’s Torro Rosso grinding to a halt on the main straight.
Vettel’s Ferrari kept pushing Rosberg form third spot, but was unable make any headway due to the matched tyre strategy of the Petronas crew. Vettel’s team mate Kimi Raikkonen, who had made up for his disappointing qualifying by passing both Williams on the first lap, got back to within 1.6s of Vettel but was denied the chance of a late attack on the sister car when the afore mentioned Safety Car was deployed.
The semi predictable finishing places of two Mercedes, followed by two Ferraris, ahead of the two Williams, still produced a nail biting race in the surprising china heat. One that sees Lewis rack up his second victory in three races this season, and his eighth in last 10 grand prix.