2017 Chinese Grand Prix

Heineken Chinese Grand Prix

Sunday, April 9, 2017
Round:
2
Weather:
Wet at the start, drying
Laps:
56
Fastest Lap:
Hamilton, 1m35.378
Country:
China
Circuit:
2017 season:
Report

The second 2017 instalment of Lewis Hamilton vs Sebastian Vettel turned on a random factor, just as at Melbourne. This time fate favoured the Mercedes man. Ironically, it was Ferrari’s third driver, Antonio Giovinazzi, who arguably cost Vettel the victory, his lap-four crash in the Sauber wiping away the advantage Seb looked likely to have gained by having pitted at the end of lap two to switch from inters to slicks under a Lance Stroll-induced virtual safety car.  

It was a gamble, but one that looked like it may well have worked – though Mercedes disagrees. Ferrari had been encouraged into making it because it was running behind Hamilton, who had secured pole and won the start. For Mercedes, it wouldn’t have been a risk worth giving up the lead for. But with the boldness of less to lose, Ferrari brought Seb in.

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