Ferrari Is Catching But Mercedes To Fast in China

MyDrive | Mercedes AMG Petronas – Chinese Grand Prix, as Lewis Hamilton leads home Nico Rosberg at the Shanghai International Circuit. Lewis took his second consecutive Chinese Grand Prix victory – his fourth in Shanghai and the 35th of his Formula One Career.  The result also marked his second Grand Chelem; pole, victory, fastest lap and leading from lights to flag.
Nico claimed his fourth Chinese Grand Prix podium, the 29th of his career, in second place.  Today’s result marks the 31st Silver Arrows Formula One victory and 18th one-two finish from 111 Grand Prix Starts. Both drivers ran a two stop strategy of option / option / prime, stopping on laps 15 / 31 (Nico) and 14 / 33 (Lewis).
Lewis Hamilton
I’m really happy. It was a great race and really positive to have a clean weekend throughout every session. The team did a great job. Going into today we expected it to be close with Ferrari as they had been good on the tyres on their long runs.
The goal was to run my own race and manage the tyres as best I could; I was driving as hard as I could within the constraints of the tyres and just trying to stretch out the Option stints for as long as possible.
I never really had a threat from Nico but I didn’t do anything intentionally to slow him up. Before the second stops I was able to put in a few fast laps to build the gap which I really enjoyed. Then, it was a case of managing the life of the Prime tyre to the finish. Overall, I’ve just got to say thank you to the team for a smooth weekend.
We dialled the car in where I wanted and that helped me deliver out there today. It’s a great feeling to win again in China in front of all these amazing fans. Their support has been incredible all weekend, so ‘xiexie’ to all of them!
Nico Rosberg
It was great to beat the Ferrari and the team has done a great job since Malaysia. But I’m also a bit frustrated today, as I saw how much of a difference four hundredths of a second to Lewis in Qualifying can make. Lewis managed his tyres a lot in the middle stint and that put me at risk with Vettel right behind.
But the team adapted to box me earlier for the second stop and stay ahead of the Ferrari after he had pitted to try and jump ahead through the undercut on new tyres. So that worked out – but I then had a long final stint to do and the tyres were beginning to give up in the final laps. I’m sure we will sit down and discuss it all now.
But in general it’s up to me to change the situation. I just need to make a better job on Saturday.

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