Lewis Hamilton praised his McLaren team’s strategy and car after securing his first grand prix victory of the season in the Chinese grand prix
The Englishman becomes the first ever two-time winner in Shanghai since the inception of the race in 2004, and he said: “I think today the strategy that we came up with definitely helped. The pit stops were fantastic. The car felt great and I was trying to nurse my tyres while picking up pace.
“It was one of the best races I’ve experienced. It feels amazing to be able to bring home a victory for the guys in the factory.”
Hamilton also had a small drama before the start when his car would not start in the garage, making him the last driver to join the grid. “I was in the car nice and early but then we had a problem,” he said. “I’m not sure what went on but fortunately everything came together very quickly.”
Vettel admitted that he had perhaps gone the wrong way on strategy, and revealed that Red Bull’s Kers trouble, so much a feature of this season, again reared its head.
“We can learn a lot today,” he said. “I’m the only one with two stops [on the podium] so that’s something to look into tonight. We had a problem with Kers so it wasn’t a trouble-free race. Once we decided to go two-stop we had to be patient.”