By Daniel Wilson.
Lewis Hamilton comfortably beat teammate Nico Rosberg to victory at the Chinese Grand Prix to extend his championship lead.
The two Mercedes drivers beat the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel, who fended off Kimi Raikkonen in the closing stages.
Hamilton led the pack across the line after Max Verstappen’s blown engine ensured the final three laps were completed behind the safety car.
However, Rosberg accused Hamilton of playing tricks to secure the win in Shanghai, arguing that the world champion drove unnecessarily slow in the second stint to preserve his tyres and pushed him back into the clutches of Vettel, putting the team’s result at risk. But the Briton has hit back, saying Nico’s race wasn’t compromised and that if he’d wanted to pass him, he could have.
So, as the tension between the two drivers builds once more, what does this mean? Is Rosberg frustrated and out of ideas? Does Lewis have the psychological edge already? All will be revealed.
Meanwhile, the two Williams drivers were 5th and 6th, some 40 seconds off the Ferrari’s before the safety car, with Romain Grosjean seventh for an improving Lotus.
The two Sauber’s of Nasr and Ericsson were 8th and 10th, with Daniel Ricciardo in between after making up for a dismal start where he dropped from 7th to 17th on the first lap.
However, teammate Kvyat’s start to his Red Bull career continued down a bumpy road as he was forced to retire with a blown engine on lap 15.
Toro Rosso’s day ended with disappointment after Carlos Sainz finished 13th after an spin early on. But it was more painful for Verstappen, whose retirement from 8th place on lap 53, ended an incredible drive full of brave maneuvers that showed he is a potential megastar of F1 in the future.
There were also better signs for McLaren and Manor as both drivers in each team finished the race, despite Jenson Button’s collision with Pastor Maldonado going into turn one.
So, another win for Lewis leaves him 13 points clear of Vettel and 17 clear of his teammate, who is coming under increasing pressure race by race to find a way to beat Hamilton, and begin a serious challenge for the world title.
Can Nico do anything else to beat Lewis?
Is his criticism of Lewis’ tyre management smart or silly?
Is Vettel the number one at Ferrari?
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