Hamilton storms to victory at Chinese Grand Prix using two-stop tyre strategy

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Reigning Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has claimed his second win of the season in Shanghai, underlining his status as the most successful driver in the history of the Chinese Grand Prix with four wins.

The Mercedes driver, who started from pole, used a two-stop tyre strategy, with two opening stints on the soft tyre followed by a final stint on the medium tyre. Hamilton also set the fastest lap of the race on the soft tyre during his second stint.

The race boiled down to an intense strategic battle between Mercedes and Ferrari, with Mercedes getting the most out of the medium tyre, and Ferrari showing some impressive stints on the soft tyre, putting the leaders under pressure.

Track temperatures gradually fell over the course of the race, making strategy and tyre behaviour hard to predict.

Paul Hembery, motorsport director for Pirelli tyres, commented: “The falling track temperature over the course of the grand prix meant that the race tactics were quite hard to predict. This led to the frontrunners adopting very similar strategies, with some attempting to pit slightly earlier and gain track position with an ‘undercut’. In terms of pure performance, the tyres were in line with or in excess of our expectations.”

Denna Bowman, Head Office

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