Vital F1 - Chinese Grand Prix musings
Vital Login
Social Login

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

'If It's F1, It's Vital'

Chinese Grand Prix musings

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?








Join Vital F1

It's easy to join up and join in on VitalF1.com, simply click the link and enjoy getting involved!

If you are already a member of Vital Football, your logins will automatically work on VitalF1.com!

The Journalist

Writer: F1Bri Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday April 19 2011

Time: 2:08PM

 

Have Your Say

Log in...
with your social network     OR     with your Vital account

Recent Vital F1 Articles

McLaren drivers getting frustrated? (Friday August 28 2015)

Ferrari do not want fight with Pirelli (Thursday August 27 2015)

Hamilton delight at qualifying form (Wednesday August 26 2015)

Blog: Belgian GP Report (Monday August 24 2015)

2015 - Belgian GP- Race (Sunday August 23 2015)

2015 - Belgian GP - Qualifying (Sunday August 23 2015)

2015 - Belgian GP - FP3 (Sunday August 23 2015)

2015 - Belgian GP - FP2 (Friday August 21 2015)

2015 - Belgian GP - FP1 (Friday August 21 2015)

Raikkonen retains seat at Ferrari (Thursday August 20 2015)

Blog: Spa Preview (Wednesday August 19 2015)

Who will win the Belgium Grand Prix? (Tuesday August 18 2015)

Stevens pleased with Manor season (Friday August 14 2015)

Toro Rosso takeover talks over (Thursday August 13 2015)

Toro Rosso should push on (Monday August 10 2015)

Money means nothing to Ricciardo (Friday August 7 2015)

Honda to spend tokens (Thursday August 6 2015)

Force India investigate failures (Wednesday August 5 2015)

McLaren oppose testing plans (Tuesday August 4 2015)

Double podium for Red Bull Racing (Thursday July 30 2015)

Vettel dedicates victory to Bianchi (Wednesday July 29 2015)

Blog: Hungarian GP Report (Monday July 27 2015)

2015 Hungary GP - Race (Sunday July 26 2015)

Blog: Hungaroring Qualifying (Saturday July 25 2015)

2015 Hungary GP - Qualifying (Saturday July 25 2015)

2015 Hungary GP - FP3 (Saturday July 25 2015)

2015 - Hungary GP - FP2 (Friday July 24 2015)

2015 - Hungary GP - FP1 (Friday July 24 2015)

Drivers mourn at Bianchi's funeral (Wednesday July 22 2015)

Blog: Hungaroring Preview (Tuesday July 21 2015)

Who will win in Hungary? (Tuesday July 21 2015)

Chilton dedicates win to Bianchi (Monday July 20 2015)

Jules Bianchi dies aged 25 (Saturday July 18 2015)

McLaren trying to unlock potential (Thursday July 16 2015)

Red Bull lack patience (Wednesday July 15 2015)

Button's future up in the air (Friday July 10 2015)

Hamilton wants more control (Thursday July 9 2015)

Mercedes to power Red Bull Racing? (Wednesday July 8 2015)

Blog: British GP Report (Tuesday July 7 2015)

Records fall for Hamilton (Monday July 6 2015)

2015 - British GP - Race result (Sunday July 5 2015)

Blog: Silverstone Qualifying (Sunday July 5 2015)

2015 - British GP - Qualifying (Saturday July 4 2015)

2015 - British GP - FP3 (Saturday July 4 2015)

2015 - British GP - FP2 (Friday July 3 2015)

2015 - British GP - FP1 (Friday July 3 2015)

Hamilton calls for better trophies (Thursday July 2 2015)

Blog: Silverstone Preview (Wednesday July 1 2015)

Pirelli to request more F1 tests (Tuesday June 30 2015)

New contract for Horner (Monday June 29 2015)

F1 teams are all talk says Todt (Monday June 29 2015)

Formula 1 v Formula E (Monday June 29 2015)

Positive test for McLaren (Friday June 26 2015)

Mosley praise for Ecclestone (Thursday June 25 2015)

Red Bull to sack Horner? (Wednesday June 24 2015)

Angry Mateschitz (Tuesday June 23 2015)

Blog: Austrian GP Report (Sunday June 21 2015)

2015 Austrian GP - Race (Sunday June 21 2015)

Blog: Red Bull Ring Qualifying (Saturday June 20 2015)

Four drivers hit with penalties (Saturday June 20 2015)

2015 Austrian GP - Qualifying (Saturday June 20 2015)

2015 Austrian GP - FP3 (Saturday June 20 2015)

2015 Austrian GP - FP2 (Friday June 19 2015)

2015 Austrian GP - FP1 (Friday June 19 2015)

Italian Grand Prix to alternate? (Thursday June 18 2015)

Will Michelin return to Formula One? (Thursday June 18 2015)

Blog: Red Bull Ring Preview (Wednesday June 17 2015)

Who will win in Austria? (Tuesday June 16 2015)

Hulkenberg wins Le Mans (Monday June 15 2015)

Head knighted (Monday June 15 2015)

Archived Vital F1 Articles

List All Vital F1 Articles
Have your say
Click here to suggest an article
Click here to suggest a poll

Vital Members League (view all)

1. Red5 1057
2. DJ 970
3. The Fear 773
4. Villaininthemerde 612
5. johnkelv 583
6. Druss_the_Legend 541
7. Push The Button 461
8. col8 334
9. The Intimidator 167
10. __villa__ 145

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who will win in Belgium?
Hamilton 46%
Rosberg 8%
Vettel 2%
Raikkonen 34%
Bottas 2%
Massa 0%
Someone else 8%