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Lewis Hamilton wins a frantic Chinese Grand Prix // The McLaren driver wins after a difficult start

Published by Christine Blachford

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This is F1Minute, it’s the 17th April 2011.

Lewis Hamilton has stopped Sebastian Vettel’s run of wins by taking victory at the Chinese Grand Prix. The McLaren driver had a tricky start when he had a fuel flooding issue stopping him getting to the grid, but after a scramble, he was good to go with seconds to spare.

With the race underway, Vettel made a really poor start, allowing both McLaren drivers ahead of him. He also found himself on a two-stop strategy compared to Hamilton’s three stop which allowed Lewis to catch him up towards the end of the race on better tyres. Hamilton took the lead just a few laps from the end, and the win was secure.

Amazingly, Mark Webber was the third man on the podium, despite having started 18th on the grid. He had more sets of tyres thanks to his disappointing qualifying performance, plus a faster car, of course, so he stormed through the field.

The other point to note was a bizarre moment when Jenson Button pitted and attempted to stop in the Red Bull box, before moving on. No harm done, except perhaps a little embarrassment.