Lewis Hamilton kick-started his bid for a fourth Formula 1 world championship by claiming his first win of the 2017 season in Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, dominating proceedings from start to finish.
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Hamilton racked up a ‘grand slam’ in Shanghai by taking pole, fastest lap and the race win, as well as leading the entirety of the race.
That said, the race was far from easy for Hamilton, with rain before the start making the track challenging for all drivers as it went from wet to dry.
Recapping an intriguing race with all the latest news and interviews from Shanghai, NBCSN pit reporter Will Buxton brings you the latest edition of Paddock Pass.
Formula One’s “Flying Finn” is going back home for the first time.
More precisely, Valtteri Bottas is returning to his Finland homeland to compete in his first career rally race in the Finnish Rally Championship season opener.
Bottas, teammates on the F1 Mercedes team with five-time champ Lewis Hamilton, will compete in the World Rally Championships’ Arctic Lapland Rally from January 24-26.
He’ll team with two-time World Rally champion Timo Rautiainen in a M-Sport Ford Fiesta RS WRC on rally roads of the Finnish Arctic Circle.
“This is a unique opportunity to take a peek into the world of rallying,” Bottas told Finnish rallying website Rallism.f1. “I would like to thank everyone who has made it possible.
“It’s totally new territory for me too, as I have no prior experience of a World Rally Car. Still, being the race car driver that I am, you always go flat out whatever the vehicle you’re driving in.”
Added Rautiainen, “In my life, I’ve sat in a rally car with only three drivers, but this is such an interesting mission that I just had to accept the challenge. I believe that for a talented wheelman like Valtteri, we’ll be able to establish a good basic driving routine in testing.”