Lewis Hamilton ended Sebastian Vettel’s run of wins with an incredible charge to victory in the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday. The McLaren driver’s three-stop strategy proved a better bet than Vettel’s two stops,allowing Hamilton to hunt down and pass the tyre-hampered Red Bull in the final laps, according to autosport.com.
Mark Webber drove an outstanding race to come from 18th on the grid to third in the second Red Bull, ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button and Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg – both of whom led for long spells in an utterly absorbing race. “I am absolutely overwhelmed,”said Hamilton. “It feels like a long time since I was sitting here. I am proud and grateful for all the hard work I have put in. “I will continue to push and looking forward to many more like this.”
Hamilton admitted his decision to save a set of soft tyres for the race, compromising his qualifying strategy, had paid off.
“I think today the strategy that we came up with going in to qualifying definitely helped,” he said. “Our new option tyres seemed to last a bit longer than the guys in front. “It was quite a few things that came together. The pitstops were fantastic, the guys were pushing to improve, the car felt great. “I was trying to nurse my tyres and trying to pick up the pace. The guys in front of me had to do a lot of overtaking. Thumbs up to the guys back at factory, who put their heart into making the car what it is on the GP weekend. It feels amazing.” The British driver was lucky to be able to start from his grid slot, after a fuel leak forced his mechanics to work at full speed before the pitlane closed ahead of the start of the race.