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 formula1.com: '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 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: 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

Prost wants three-way battle for title (Friday February 12 2016)

Toro Rosso could beat Red Bull in 2016 (Thursday February 11 2016)

Wehrlein lands Manor driver (Wednesday February 10 2016)

Hamilton could have another decade in him (Wednesday February 10 2016)

Who will be Channel 4's lead presenter? (Tuesday February 9 2016)

Renault target podium finish by 2018 (Friday February 5 2016)

Magnussen lands Renault drive (Thursday February 4 2016)

Maldonado leaves Renault & Formula One (Thursday February 4 2016)

Renault set for big unveil (Wednesday February 3 2016)

Todt against F1 money divide (Thursday January 28 2016)

F1 Drivers call for 'Halo' introduction (Wednesday January 27 2016)

Have Honda found a break through? (Tuesday January 26 2016)

F1 scores own goal with Baku race? (Monday January 25 2016)

The evolution of Manor continues (Friday January 22 2016)

Sauber's 2016 car to miss first F1 test (Thursday January 21 2016)

F1 engine crisis averted (Wednesday January 20 2016)

2016 Formula One Calendar (Wednesday January 20 2016)

Channel 4 select 10 live F1 races (Tuesday January 19 2016)

Silverstone looks set to host F1 test (Friday January 15 2016)

Coulthard joins Channel 4's F1 team (Tuesday January 12 2016)

Renault would welcome engine changes (Monday January 11 2016)

Haas target points in maiden Grand Prix (Wednesday January 6 2016)

2015 F1 Driver Standings (Tuesday January 5 2016)

2015 F1 Constructor Standings (Tuesday January 5 2016)

Praise for Verstappen and Sainz (Monday January 4 2016)

Stewards harsher on me says Maldonado (Tuesday December 29 2015)

Battle of the heavyweights (Thursday December 24 2015)

Are Rosberg's days with Mercedes numbered? (Wednesday December 23 2015)

F1 will not return to Nurburgring (Tuesday December 22 2015)

Channel 4 to broadcast F1 from 2016 (Monday December 21 2015)

BBC dump Formula One (Monday December 21 2015)

Sauber under performed in 2015 (Friday December 18 2015)

Family influence to improve Kimi form (Thursday December 17 2015)

F1 would have collapsed without Red Bull (Tuesday December 15 2015)

Hamilton & Rosberg are on the same page (Monday December 14 2015)

Formula One could be destroyed says Bernie (Wednesday December 9 2015)

New tyre rules for Formula One in 2016 (Tuesday December 8 2015)

Renault confirm return (Friday December 4 2015)

Hamilton plays down Merc tensions (Friday December 4 2015)

FIA confirm 21 race calendar for 2016 (Friday December 4 2015)

Mercedes could dump Hamilton or Rosberg (Thursday December 3 2015)

Year ends with F1 tyre test (Wednesday December 2 2015)

Blog: Abu Dhabi GP Report (Monday November 30 2015)

2015 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Race (Sunday November 29 2015)

Blog: Abu Dhabi Qualifying (Saturday November 28 2015)

2015 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - Qualifying (Saturday November 28 2015)

2015 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - FP3 (Saturday November 28 2015)

2015 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - FP2 (Friday November 27 2015)

2015 - Abu Dhabi Grand Prix - FP1 (Friday November 27 2015)

One final duel for 2015 (Thursday November 26 2015)

Blog: Abu Dhabi Preview (Thursday November 26 2015)

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)

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 1072
2. DJ 997
3. The Fear 773
4. Villaininthemerde 612
5. johnkelv 583
6. Druss_the_Legend 551
7. Push The Button 466
8. col8 334
9. The Intimidator 176
10. __villa__ 145

Current Site Poll (view all polls)

Have Mercedes handled the final races well?
They have achieved one-two finishes so yes! 20%
No, they have engineered the results with no racin 80%