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F1: Hamilton wins thrilling Chinese GP

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.

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