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

Former FIA boss slams Ferrari (Wednesday November 25 2015)

Renault takeover deal pretty much done (Tuesday November 24 2015)

Who will win in Abu Dhabi? (Monday November 23 2015)

Ferrari expect to beat Mercedes in 2016 (Friday November 20 2015)

Button belief in McLaren (Thursday November 19 2015)

Lowe defends Mercedes stance (Wednesday November 18 2015)

Mercedes bashing after boring Brazil (Monday November 16 2015)

Blog: Brazilian GP Report (Monday November 16 2015)

2015 - Brazil GP - Race (Sunday November 15 2015)

Blog: Interlagos Qualifying (Saturday November 14 2015)

2015 - Brazil GP - Qualifying (Saturday November 14 2015)

2015 - Brazil GP - FP3 (Saturday November 14 2015)

2015 - Brazil GP - FP2 (Friday November 13 2015)

2015 - Brazil GP - FP1 (Friday November 13 2015)

Blog: Interlagos Preview (Friday November 13 2015)

Magnussen missed out on Haas drive (Thursday November 12 2015)

Pirelli set for 12 hour Abu Dhabi test (Wednesday November 11 2015)

Susie Wolff set to retire (Tuesday November 10 2015)

Who will win in Brazil? (Monday November 9 2015)

Raikkonen points finger at Bottas (Thursday November 5 2015)

Mateschitz slams F1 engine suppliers (Wednesday November 4 2015)

Did Mercedes clip Hamilton's wings? (Wednesday November 4 2015)

Blog: Mexican GP Report (Monday November 2 2015)

2015 - Mexico GP - Race (Sunday November 1 2015)

Blog: Mexico City Qualifying (Sunday November 1 2015)

2015 - Mexico GP - Qualifying (Saturday October 31 2015)

2015 - Mexico GP - FP3 (Saturday October 31 2015)

2015 - Mexico GP - FP2 (Friday October 30 2015)

2015 - Mexico GP - FP1 (Friday October 30 2015)

Best of the rest battle it out (Friday October 30 2015)

FIA open tender for customer engines (Friday October 30 2015)

Blog: Mexico City Preview (Thursday October 29 2015)

Palmer gets F1 race seat for 2016 (Wednesday October 28 2015)

Who will win in Mexico (Tuesday October 27 2015)

Blog: US GP Report (Monday October 26 2015)

2015 - USA GP - Race (Sunday October 25 2015)

Blog: Austin Qualifying (Sunday October 25 2015)

2015 - USA GP - Qualifying (Sunday October 25 2015)

2015 - USA GP - FP3 (Sunday October 25 2015)

2015 - USA GP - FP2 (Friday October 23 2015)

2015 - USA GP - FP1 (Friday October 23 2015)

Vettel confirms penalty (Friday October 23 2015)

Renault bring upgraded engine to USA (Thursday October 22 2015)

Blog: Austin Preview (Wednesday October 21 2015)

Magnussen dumped on birthday by McLaren (Tuesday October 20 2015)

Who will win the USA? (Monday October 19 2015)

One hand on the title for Hamilton (Friday October 16 2015)

Mercedes celebrate back-to-back titles (Thursday October 15 2015)

Pirelli deal done until 2019 (Wednesday October 14 2015)

Blog: Russian GP Report (Sunday October 11 2015)

2015 - Russian GP - Race (Sunday October 11 2015)

Blog: Sochi Qualifying (Saturday October 10 2015)

2015 - Russian GP - Qualifying (Saturday October 10 2015)

2015 - Russian GP - FP3 (Saturday October 10 2015)

2015 - Russian GP - FP2 (Friday October 9 2015)

2015 - Russian GP - FP1 (Friday October 9 2015)

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)

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 1065
2. DJ 994
3. The Fear 773
4. Villaininthemerde 612
5. johnkelv 583
6. Druss_the_Legend 549
7. Push The Button 466
8. col8 334
9. The Intimidator 174
10. __villa__ 145

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Who will win in Abu Dhabi?
Hamilton 35%
Rosberg 33%
Vettel 16%
Raikkonen 16%
Someone else 0%