Hamilton delighted with fourth Chinese GP victory despite anti-climactic end under safety car

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Lewis Hamilton was full of praise for his Mercedes team after claiming a dominant victory at the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday in Shanghai.

The British driver enjoyed a trouble-free weekend to claim his fourth victory in China, posting the fastest time in all three practice sessions before scoring pole position, posting the fastest lap and finally claiming the race win.

The result marked a turnaround in fortunes for Mercedes after it suffered a shock defeat to Ferrari in Malaysia two weeks ago, and Hamilton had nothing but praise for his team when speaking on the podium after the race.

“A fantastic job by the team,” Hamilton said. “It was great to have a smooth weekend, getting the sessions and really dialling in the car.

“Today was really that effect of really putting the car in the place I wanted it. It was really just controlling the gap between myself and Nico [Rosberg], and saving the tires for when I needed to use them.

“I had lots left in my tires at the end which I was looking forward to eking out a gap at the end but obviously the safety car came out.”

Hamilton managed to squeeze out a gap over teammate Nico Rosberg throughout the race, enjoying an advantage of over 10 seconds before the race finished under the safety car following Max Verstappen’s on-track stoppage.

Although this eliminated Hamilton’s lead, he was still delighted with the result, and is hoping to continue his excellent start to the season at the Bahrain Grand Prix next weekend.

“The safety car at the end wasn’t helpful for anyone,” Hamilton said. “It’s kind of an anti-climax when you have a good race like that.

“As long as no-one was injured and all the cars got back safely, that’s all that mattered.

“The team has been doing a fantastic job. We did a great job to come back from the last race where we struggled a little bit, to come here and up our pace. It’s all down to the guys that build the car and the guys back at the factory. I’m happy we got the job done today.”