Lewis Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel in 2011 Chinese GP after the Red Bull driver celebrated in Australia and Malaysia from the pole position.

Vettel secured third pole position in a row in front of Button and Hamilton in McLaren, but losing control of Button and Hamilton and almost from Rosberg to Mercedes from which he managed to defend after the first six laps.

Hamilton had a drama ahead of the start of the race while his car failed to fire up in the garage, but he left the pitlane in the last minute and arrived at the start of the race.

McLaren decided to go for the three stop strategy as Pirelli tyres were very sensitive, and Vettel was on a two stop strategy.

Chinese GP F1 2011 start of the race Button leads Vettel Hamilton Photo RTLde

Hamilton made the decisive move on Vettel in the fast turn 7 and was surprised the German, winning his 15th F1 race (he won 21 race for McLaren in total).

“I still can not find the words, this was one of my best races,” said Hamilton, who was 21 points behind Vettel.

“It’s unlikely we have a fight like this today, you really have to think about the situation but I like challenges, when you have to overcome someone, it’s much sweeter.”

“In the end, it was tough to get past Sebastian – even though he was getting slower, he never looked like getting out of shape. It was always going to be difficult to follow him onto the back straight, so I wanted to get him before then – I wasn’t expecting to overtake where I did, but I had the grip to keep ahead, and I made it stick.”

“I feel so proud: this race is in my top three of race wins, it’s up there with Silverstone and Monaco in 2008. I exist and I live and I breathe to win: I love winning and I just couldn’t be happier.”

STARTING GRID

1 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 1:33.706
2 4 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 1:34.421 0.715
3 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren/Mercedes 1:34.463 0.757
4 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:34.670 0.964
5 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:35.119 1.413
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:35.145 1.439
7 19 J.Alguersuari Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:36.158 2.452
8 15 Paul Di Resta Force India/Mercedes 1:36.190 2.484
9 18 Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1:36.203 2.497
10 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault
11 14 Adrian Sutil Force India/Mercedes 1:35.874 2.168
12 17 Sergio Pérez Sauber/Ferrari 1:36.053 2.347
13 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber/Ferrari 1:36.236 2.530
14 7 M.Schumacher Mercedes 1:36.457 2.751
15 11 R.Barrichello Williams/Cosworth 1:36.465 2.759
16 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1:36.611 2.905
17 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams/Cosworth 1:36.956 3.250
18 2 Mark Webber Red Bull/Renault 1:36.468 2.762
19 20 H.Kovalainen Lotus/Renault 1:37.894 4.188
20 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus/Renault 1:38.318 4.612
21 25 J.d:Ambrosio Virgin/Cosworth 1:39.119 5.413
22 24 Timo Glock Virgin/Cosworth 1:39.708 6.002
23 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT/Cosworth 1:40.212 6.506
24 22 N.Karthikeyan HRT/Cosworth 1:40.445 6.739

RACE RESULTS

1 3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren/Mercedes 56 1:36:58.226
2 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull/Renault 56 1:37:03.424 5.198
3 2 Mark Webber Red Bull/Renault 56 1:37:05.781 7.555
4 4 Jenson Button McLaren/Mercedes 56 1:37:08.226 10.000
5 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 56 1:37:11.674 13.448
6 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 56 1:37:14.066 15.840
7 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 56 1:37:28.848 30.622
8 7 M.Schumacher Mercedes 56 1:37:29.252 31.026
9 10 Vitaly Petrov Renault 56 1:37:55.630 57.404
10 16 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber/Ferrari 56 1:38:01.499 1:03.273
11 15 Paul Di Resta Force India/Mercedes 56 1:38:06.983 1:08.757
12 9 Nick Heidfeld Renault 56 1:38:10.965 1:12.739
13 11 R.Barrichello Williams/Cosworth 56 1:38:28.415 1:30.189
14 18 Sébastien Buemi Toro Rosso/Ferrari 56 1:38:28.897 1:30.671
15 14 Adrian Sutil Force India/Mercedes 55 1:36:58.956 1 lap
16 20 H.Kovalainen Lotus/Renault 55 1:37:12.024 1 lap
17 17 Sergio Pérez Sauber/Ferrari 55 1:37:15.434 1 lap
18 12 Pastor Maldonado Williams/Cosworth 55 1:37:20.363 1 lap
19 21 Jarno Trulli Lotus/Renault 55 1:37:34.174 1 lap
20 25 J.d:Ambrosio Virgin/Cosworth 54 1:37:24.115 2 laps
21 24 Timo Glock Virgin/Cosworth 54 1:37:54.356 2 laps
22 23 Vitantonio Liuzzi HRT/Cosworth 54 1:38:12.137 2 laps
23 22 N.Karthikeyan HRT/Cosworth 54 1:38:13.309 2 laps
(17) 19 J.Alguersuari Toro Rosso/Ferrari 9 16:09.724 Wheel

Fastest lap: Mark Webber, Red Bull, 1:38.993

Chinese GP F1 2011 podium Hamilton Vettel Webber

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