Lewis Hamilton wins Chinese GP as Ferrari’s internal politics pushes Vettel to podium

epa07505487 Second placed Finnish Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas (L) of Mercedes AMG GP and first placed British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton (2-R) of Mercedes AMG GP pour champagne over team engineer Marcus Dudley as they are joined by third placed German Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel (R) of Scuderia Ferrari during the award ceremony for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International circuit in Shanghai, China, 14 April 2019. EPA-EFE/WU HONG

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As Formula 1 celebrated the 1000th World Championship race, Lewis Hamilton delivered a crushing performance to win in China as Ferrari used team orders to help Sebastian Vettel finish on the podium.

Valtteri Bottas followed team-mate Hamilton home for Mercedes to secure their third one-two finish in as many grands prix.

But Hamilton’s superb lights-to-flag victory was overshadowed by the intra-team politics which threatens to destabilise Ferrari’s season, says The Telegraph.

Hamilton’s win means that Shanghai joins the Hungaroring and the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve on the list of tracks where Hamilton has secured six victories.

Behind the Mercedes pair, Vettel’s podium position was effectively secured when Ferrari team orders saw Charles Leclerc moved over early in the race, with the Bahrain near-victor ending up a frustrating fifth, behind the Red Bull of Max Verstappen.

Sixth was Pierre Gasly, who strapped a new set of soft tyres onto his Red Bull two laps from the end to help him take the extra point for fastest lap.

Renault’s Daniel Ricciardo secured his first finish of the year – and it was a good one too, the Australian ending seventh at the head of the midfield, holding off the Racing Point of Sergio Perez, who used a lightning start from P12 on the grid to finish P8 by the flag.

A strong drive from Alfa Romeo’s Kimi Raikkonen saw him finish ninth, while an impressive afternoon from Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon from a pit lane start saw him make a one-stop strategy work to finish P10 after holding off the Haas of Romain Grosjean. The Thai driver’s efforts also saw him earn ‘Driver of The Day’.

via The Telegraph, Formula1 


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