Lewis Hamilton won on Shanghai International Circuit the Chinese Grand Prix in Formula 1 2011 season overtaking Sebastian Vettel with only four laps before the end of an spectacular race, Mark Webber completing the podium after starting the race 18th.
Lewis Hamilton won a spectacular victory in the Chinese Grand Prix 2011, 3rd race of the Formula 1 World Championship 2011 season, taking advantage from the three pit stop strategy, compared with Sebastian Vettel, who has opted for only two tires exchanges.
McLaren driver overtake since start the world champion at and even after the first tire exchange when he dropped in the platoon, has succeeded to return in front of the race after having overtaken headed successively Jenson Button (lap 36), Nico Rosberg (lap 42) and Felipe Massa before launching a decisive attack on Sebastian Vettel (lap 52).
Sebastian Vettel had hoped that the strategy of two pit stops will be enough to get a third consecutive victory, but the German was forced to conserve tires and was one second slower than Hamilton to end the race.
The last step of the podium went surprisingly to Mark Webber that start from 18th position of the grid and made three pit stops. Like Hamilton, the Australian had a final race in which he overtake successively, among others, Massa, Rosberg and Button, and managed to set the fastest time of the race.
Jenson Button finished fourth even though in start took the lead in front of Vettel and Rosberg was happy with fifth place although at one time seemed a major favorite for the podium. Ferrari had a new modest race and Felipe Massa succeeded to beat his teammate Fernando Alonso in the fight for 6th place.
Michael Schumacher finished in eighth place at the end of a race that was highlighted by several spectacular overtakes and Mercedes GP driver was followed by Vitaly Petrov. The last point at stake went to Kamui Kobayashi, who overtake in the last tour rookie Paul di Resta.
Behind the platoon, Lotus has succeeded to ranked 16th through Heikki Kovalainen, who defeated Sergio Perez (Sauber) and Pastor Maldonado (Williams) and Hispania Racing ended the race with both cars. The only abandon of the race belonged to Jaime Alguersuari (Toro Rosso) after his seater loses the right-rear tire shortly after he exited the pits.
China – Race Rankings and overall standings (Provisional Race Results)
The Chinese Grand Prix – Shanghai International Circuit, China;
56 laps; 305.066km; Weather: Sunny.
Fastest lap: Mark Webber, 1:38.993
|2||Vettel||Red Bull-Renault||+ 5.198|
|3||Webber||Red Bull-Renault||+ 7.555|
|5||Rosberg||Mercedes GP||+ 13.448|
|8||Schumacher||Mercedes GP||+ 31.206|
|11||Di Resta||Force India-Mercedes||+ 1:08.757|
|14||Buemi||Toro Rosso-Ferrari||+ 1:30.671|
|15||Sutil||Force India-Mercedes||+ 1 lap|
|16||Kovalainen||Lotus-Renault||+ 1 lap|
|17||Perez||Sauber-Ferrari||+ 1 lap|
|18||Maldonado||Williams-Cosworth||+ 1 lap|
|19||Trulli||Lotus-Renault||+ 1 lap|
|20||D’Ambrosio||Virgin-Cosworth||+ 2 laps|
|21||Glock||Virgin-Cosworth||+ 2 laps|
|22||Karthikeyan||HRT-Cosworth||+ 2 laps|
|23||Liuzzi||HRT-Cosworth||+ 2 laps|
Driver / Team / Tour
Alguersuari / Toro Rosso-Ferrari / 12
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