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Where to start and where to begin? In what proved to be a Grand Prix that had more twists and turns than an Eastenders storyline.

After qualifying I thought it was going to be another Vettel dominated race. But it was to be a race of tactics and not speed that would win first place.

The first part of the grand prix seemed to play into Button's hands after a brilliant start seeing him shoot straight into the top spot. But unfortunately Button's lead didn't last.

He seemed to zone out and forget that he was racing for McLaren and not Red Bull. As Button came into pit, with Vettel on his tail, he managed to stop in the wrong pit lane. I'm not quite sure what was going on in Button's mind but it obviously wasn't winning the race.

In fact, after the first round of pit stops it seemed like both McLaren drivers had dropped out of the running. Trailing in 4th and 6th for a long time-I must admit, I thought the race was back in Vettel's hands for good.

But it did turn around for the McLaren boys and it was going to be pit stop strategy's that determined the outcome of the Chinese Grand Prix.

On an aggressive three-stop race, Hamilton drove his heart out. Some great over taking moves and a brilliant scrap with Sebastian Vettel in the last few laps to take the lead. It was Hamilton's last set of hard tyres that kept him rolling on to take the race, putting him second in the championship.

But the three-stop race didn't just help Hamilton. Mark Webber was another winner in the game of tyres as he astonishingly started in 18th but finished in 3rd. What a race for the notoriously unlucky driver. In the final stages Webber was cutting through the field like it was the last race of the season. Mark always seems to drive better when he knows he is coming from behind and has nothing to lose. This attitude got him on to the podium. In the final stages, with a fresher set of tyres than most, Webber was the fastest man on the track; catching and overtaking all in his path. Indeed, the race isn't over until the chequered flag falls and Webber made sure that when it did, he was in front of Jenson Button.

This race has proved the Red Bull's aren't unstoppable and they can be touched.

Felipe Massa has firmly squashed any doubts about his form and the Mercedes boys have started putting their stamp on the top ten.

For Red Bull, is their unreliability going to come back to haunt them?

Will KERS ever work properly for them?

Who says that Formula One needs to be more exciting?








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Date:Tuesday April 19 2011

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