Hamilton: "Fantastic weekend"

By on Sunday, April 9, 2017

Lewis Hamilton claimed his first victory of the season at the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday, in a race that marked the 150th Formula One start for the Mercedes-Benz Silver Arrows. 

The Briton took his 54th Formula One victory - his fifth at the Shanghai International Circuit, his first of the 2017 season and the third Grand Chelem (pole position, race win, fastest lap, leading every racing lap) of his F1 career.

"My pole lap put me in a great position and then the start was just fantastic. I’m really happy with my starts right now so I want to keep that up," Hamilton explains.

"During the race I needed to keep my composure in some really tricky conditions out there. After the pit stop under the Safety Car the speed was low and the tyres were very cold, so it would have been very easy to make a mistake, so I’m just grateful that I didn’t. In those final 20 laps Seb and I were just pounding around as fast as we could, exchanging fastest lap times, that’s what racing is all about.

"In the future there will be times when we don’t have a Safety Car and we won’t have that gap. I’m excited for that. It’s very close and there were times when it was hard to match Sebastian. It has been a fantastic weekend and I’m so grateful for the effort the team has put in for us to be where we are today. It’s very overwhelming when you have a weekend like this, because I’m just a single link in the chain and there are hundreds of people who are involved to put me up here on the top step. Big congratulations to everyone, especially those back home, I hope they’re celebrating and feeling the spirit and the fight."

His team mate Valtteri Bottas produced a battling drive to finish P6 after a slow stop followed by a spin on cold slick tyres in wet conditions relegated him to P12 in the early stages.


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