Vital F1 - Chi GP - Race weekend recap - Hamilton
Vital Login
Social Login

Other Sites

Network Navigation

Vital Partners

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

Chi GP - Race weekend recap - Hamilton

Once again Lewis Hamilton had a very quick car in the form of his McLaren Mercedes, but a grid penalty and a Mercedes in the form of Nico Rosberg took the all important race win in China.

Just like in Australia and in Malaysia McLaren's Lewis Hamilton appeared to be the quickest throughout practice.

On Friday he topped the timing sheets by a whole second in Free Practice 1 ahead of Nico Rosberg and in FP2 he was just 0.172 seconds behind Michael Schumacher who topped Free Practice 2.

On Saturday morning he was top of the timing sheets again, this time slightly ahead of team-mate Jenson Button.

But unlike in Australia and Malaysia, Hamilton was unable to convert his practice pace into a third successive pole position run and with the prospect of a grid penalty for a new gear box, perhaps the McLaren team decided for a different race set-up giving away his raw pace advantage in qualifying.

However even if that wasn't the case, it's unlikely that Hamilton would have battled with Nico Rosberg for pole position as the German took his first pole position in his career and the first for the team under the name of Mercedes.

Mercedes appeared to find the 'sweet spot' for the tyres, so much so that Rosberg's time was +0.505 seconds faster than Hamilton, +0.570 faster than team-mate Michael Schumacher and over a second faster than the likes of Jenson Button, Mark Webber and Fernando Alonso.

So Hamilton had to settle for second, which in reality was a seventh place qualifying run.

After qualifying Hamilton told 'Looking at the race, weve got a good car but Im going to have to work my way up through the field.'

'as long as I move forward in the race, Ill be happy. Ive set my car up to be at its strongest in the race. So, although Jenson and I are a little bit further back than wed like, and weve got a bit of work to do, we can still make it. Theres a good group of drivers ahead of us on the grid, but were right with them in terms of race pace. This is a track where you can overtake, and weve got DRS too so Im massively excited.'

The penalty for having a new gear box of course knocked him down from second on the grid to seventh, which clearly had changed Hamilton's mind-set for the race the 2008 F1 champ, probably still thought he had the chance to win the race, but a more conservative run saw him take a good point haul away from China with a third place finish.

But a combination of some close racing between virtually all the drivers behind Nico Rosberg, meant that Hamilton dropped back into the pack each time he made a tyre stop, so Hamilton was still forced to pull of a number of overtaking manoeuvres, just to keep on track for his tyre strategy.

But once the teams various different strategies had panned out, Hamilton was on course to fight for a podium place with the Red Bull duo of Webber and Vettel, which Hamilton came out on top of, taking a third successive third position to take the lead of the 2012 Formula One World Championship.

After the race he told the media: I had a great race! And, although neither Jenson nor I was sadly able to win, Im really happy that Nico took his first win today, but Im also really pleased for the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes team: both Jenson and I were able to get back on the podium and score some more good points. It was a tough race, though: Id love to have been able to challenge Nico, and I think maybe Id have been able to if Id started on the front row, but we still managed to move forwards from the start I had a lot of fun overtaking people too.

Speaking about his championship lead he added: Its been a while since I was at the top of the drivers world championship - but weve got to remain focused. I think if I just continue to work as I am then the wins will surely come, and Ill keep pushing for some better results in the future.

Join Vital F1

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

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

The Journalist

Writer: Red5 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday April 16 2012

Time: 11:22AM


Have Your Say

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

Recent Vital F1 Articles

Blog: Sochi Preview (Thursday October 8 2015)

Ecclestone expects F1 to be sold (Wednesday October 7 2015)

Who will win in Russia? (Monday October 5 2015)

Manor secure Mercedes power for 2016 (Thursday October 1 2015)

Button to stay at McLaren in 2016 (Thursday October 1 2015)

Grosjean to join Haas in 2016 (Thursday October 1 2015)

Letter of intent signed for Lotus buy-out (Tuesday September 29 2015)

Where were Mercedes in Japan? (Monday September 28 2015)

Blog: Japanese GP Report (Sunday September 27 2015)

2015 - Japan GP - Race (Sunday September 27 2015)

Blog: Suzuka Qualifying (Saturday September 26 2015)

2015 - Japan GP - Qualifying (Saturday September 26 2015)

2015 - Japan GP- FP3 (Saturday September 26 2015)

2015 - Japan GP - FP2 (Friday September 25 2015)

2015 - Japan GP - FP1 (Friday September 25 2015)

Perez to stay with Force India (Thursday September 24 2015)

Blog: Suzuka Preview (Thursday September 24 2015)

McLaren ready for financial shortfall (Wednesday September 23 2015)

Button expected to announce retirement (Wednesday September 23 2015)

It's Ferrari or Bust for Red Bull Racing (Wednesday September 23 2015)

Maldonado to stay, Grosjean to leave? (Tuesday September 22 2015)

Who will win in Japan? (Monday September 21 2015)

Blog: Singapore GP Report (Monday September 21 2015)

2015 - Singapore GP - Race (Sunday September 20 2015)

Blog: Singapore Qualifying (Sunday September 20 2015)

2015 - Singapore GP - Qualifying (Sunday September 20 2015)

2015- Singapore GP - FP3 (Sunday September 20 2015)

2015 - Singapore - FP2 (Friday September 18 2015)

2015 - Singapore GP - FP1 (Friday September 18 2015)

Rosberg will keep believing (Friday September 18 2015)

Merhi & Rossi to share Manor Marussia seat (Thursday September 17 2015)

Another new deal for Melbourne (Thursday September 17 2015)

It's over says Renault (Thursday September 17 2015)

Blog: Singapore Preview (Wednesday September 16 2015)

Who will win in Singpore? (Wednesday September 16 2015)

Williams may not take Mercedes upgrade (Tuesday September 15 2015)

Big hopes for Ferrari in 2016 (Friday September 11 2015)

Button's wait nearly over? (Thursday September 10 2015)

Webber slams pay drivers (Wednesday September 9 2015)

Blog: Italian GP Report (Tuesday September 8 2015)

2015 - Italian Grand Prix - Race (Sunday September 6 2015)

Blog: Monza Qualifying (Sunday September 6 2015)

2015 - Italian Grand Prix - Qualifying (Saturday September 5 2015)

2015 - Italian Grand Prix - FP3 (Saturday September 5 2015)

2015 - Italian Grand Prix - FP2 (Friday September 4 2015)

2015 - Italian Grand Prix - FP1 (Friday September 4 2015)

Mercedes split on Red Bull deal (Friday September 4 2015)

Rosberg targets Monza pole (Thursday September 3 2015)

Formula One is on the edge (Thursday September 3 2015)

Renault to rescue Lotus team? (Thursday September 3 2015)

Blog: Monza Preview (Wednesday September 2 2015)

Who will win the Italian Grand Prix? (Tuesday September 1 2015)

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)

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 1062
2. DJ 980
3. The Fear 773
4. Villaininthemerde 612
5. johnkelv 583
6. Druss_the_Legend 544
7. Push The Button 461
8. col8 334
9. The Intimidator 170
10. __villa__ 145

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who will win the Russian GP?
Hamilton 82%
Rosberg 4%
Vettel 14%
Raikkonen 0%
Ricciardo 0%
Kvyat 0%
Someone else 0%