Lewis Hamilton gets another podium in China

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Lewis Hamilton took his 26th pole position yesterday in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix. What an achievement after moving to new team Mercedes, which has been strugglling for a long time. Read on to find out what happened today

Lewis Hamilton gets another Podium in China

Yesterday saw an exhilarated Lewis Hamilton claim his 26th pole position in the qualifying sessions for the Chinese Grand Prix. This is particularly remarkable as it's only his 3rd race with Mercedes, having left MacLaren after 16 years. He dominated all 3 parts of qualifying, leading in the end by 4 tenths of a second from Raikennon.

But It became obvious when in the last part of qualifying, when Vettel didn't post a time, that this race was going to be about tyre degredation. The rule is you have to start the race on the tyre you qualified on, and in the case of the soft tyre it only lasts about 6 laps before a pit stop is needed. Vettel and Button were going to start on harder tyres which last longer, and gives a better advantage.

On Sunday 14th April, this is what happened

Lewis got a good start, but it was obvious to see from the onset, that his car didn't quite have the race pace. He fought valiantly in true Lewis style, but had to give up his position on the 5th lap, when Alonso and Massa overtook him.

Today the pace of the Ferraris was very fast, and Alonso capitalised on that by pulling out a big gap, and he was never really threatened at any time, and was able to dominate and win the race.

Lewis was running second later in the race, as Massa dropped behind. After pit stops he did some very impressive overtaking to bring himself up from ninth place into the top five. He made short work of overtaking Button and Vettel amongst others, which then brought him back to second place.

The along came Raikennon

Then Raikennon, whose pace in the Lotus seems also very fast this year had caught up, and was threatening his position. Once again Lewis fought to maintain his position, and it seemed as if he was going to hold it, until Raikennon went in for fresh tyres. Mercedes advised Lewis to put in some really fast times, which he did, and then pit a couple of laps later.

That didn't work out so well for Lewis, his pit stop was slower, and although at the end part of the race, he was frequently within a one second window of Raikennon., he just didn't quite have the pace to overtake him, and regain his second place.

and then there was Vettel

When it got to the last six laps, Vettel was obliged to run the soft tyre, which is very fast, but goes off quickly. He went in with just a few laps left , and when he came out, he was over 12 seconds behind Lewis. This was nail biting time for Lewis fans, having to watch his fast pace , several seconds being lopped off each lap, and then on the last lap, it looked like he was going to overtake him and get the final postion on the podium

But when Vettel is under pressure, he makes mistakes, and because Lewis kept his cool under the threat, whereas Vettel made some errors at a couple of the corners, he didn't manage to snatch third place away from Lewis.

It was very close, and I have to praise Lewis, who was continually being hunted down at the end, for keeping himself together, and bringing his car home in third place. He fought so well all through the whole race, and this result is useful points to him and a second time on the podium.

He admitted afterwards that although Mercedes is improving all the time, the car cannot match the Ferraris and Lotus for pace. Red Bull too, is difficult to beat, which makes this result even more gratifying. Lewis has vowed to work closely with the team to improve the car.

But I have to say that the main reason that Mercedes are seeing signs of improvement is because he is driving for them. If anyone can get the best out of a car, it's Lewis, and I am looking forward to see what happens as the season unfolds because it doesn't look as if Vettel is going to be quite so dominant this year. It looks like a very exciting season for Formula One, and I wish Lewis the very best for 2013.

Lewis get his First podium with Mercedes in Malaysia

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Alonso, Button, Chinese Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton, Lotus, Mercedes, Podium, Pole Position, Race Pace, Raikennon, Red Bull, Ross Braun, Tyres, Vettel

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
14th Apr 2013 (#)

Great review and information on how Lewis Hamilton is doing after moving to Mercedes.

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author avatar Carol
14th Apr 2013 (#)

Thank you Mark for your interest

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author avatar Susan Jane
14th Apr 2013 (#)

Oh Carol! What a great race as evidenced by your wonderful review. I am so please "your boy" had a 3rd place win. He is tenacious and cool under pressure - and that could be what gets him on that podium many more times.

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author avatar Carol
14th Apr 2013 (#)

I agree Susan and thanks so much for reading. I am so sorry about Mark's bad luck, I do like him, he seems a very nice man

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author avatar Tony
15th Apr 2013 (#)

Well done, Carol!

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author avatar M G Singh
15th Apr 2013 (#)

Great post Carol. I have been watching the car races at Abu Dhabi. Great fun

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author avatar Carol
15th Apr 2013 (#)

Thank you Tony and Madan, glad you liked it.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
15th Apr 2013 (#)

Though I did not watch the race, you bring real excitement and details through your post. I did not also know about soft and hard tyres! siva

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author avatar Carol
15th Apr 2013 (#)

Oh thank you Siva, it was very exciting.

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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
16th Apr 2013 (#)

you are so amazing with these type of pages Carol...good on you!

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author avatar Carol
16th Apr 2013 (#)

thanks cnwriter

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author avatar Delicia Powers
18th Apr 2013 (#)

Great page thanks Carol..

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author avatar Carol
18th Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks so much Delicia

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author avatar Kingwell
18th Apr 2013 (#)

Good read my friend.

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author avatar Carol
18th Apr 2013 (#)

Thank you Kingwell

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author avatar Songbird B
23rd Apr 2013 (#)

Great review as always Carol..\0/x

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author avatar Carol
23rd Apr 2013 (#)

Thanks so much Songbird

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