Hamilton makes peace with Verstappen in F1

Hamilton makes peace with Verstappen in F1

Hamilton makes peace with Verstappen in F1

Lewis Hamilton heads into the Chinese Grand Prix determined to put the brakes on Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel and Sunday's race offers the Briton the ideal opportunity to do just that and open his victory tally for the year.

Conditions are set to be a lot colder compared to the likes of Australia and Bahrain, where Ferrari and Vettel won at the circuits, and the four-time World Champion is cautious predicting that the weather will play into Mercedes' hands again.

Lewis Hamilton now stands second in the points tally after his rival Sebastian Vettel took two back to back victories in Australia and Bahrain.

Mercedes' British driver Lewis Hamilton walks down the paddock prior to the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in ShanghaiFerrari's German driver Sebastian Vettel.

In the points, Hamilton trails Vettel by 17, and he stressed the importance of a win here is enormous. "Today was mixed, in the afternoon I was a bit happier but hopefully tomorrow I am very happy". "The experiences of the last two grands prix strengthen you but I definitely don't want to fall any further behind". He eventually finished second on the timesheet, 0.359s adrift of Hamilton and having posted his time on the ultrasoft tyre.

We're certainly not saying this is a must-win for Hamilton but he has never won a championship in a year which he didn't claim a win in the opening three rounds.

He managed to limit the deficit in points to his main rival, Vettel, and showcase what a driver of his caliber is able to do in the Mercedes W09. Ferrari just outperformed us throughout the whole weekend. That would be a one-two with both cars and neither of us have done that.

Ahead of the Bahrain Grand Prix we highlighted Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas as someone who was in desperate need of a win, and while he didn't quite get the job done, his performance was a step in the right direction.

Stream every Formula One race LIVE on the FOX+ app and catch up on highlights of any action you've missed. But it is very close between us and it will be really interesting to see how we perform from track to track.

Verstappen and Red Bull teammate Daniel Ricciardo both retired early last weekend in Bahrain, and they both had off-the-podium finishes in Australia: Ricciardo was fourth and Verstappen was sixth. I honestly think I may have found a career that could equal my passion for racing'. Yet to make the strategy work, we need to make sure we share an understanding about what we have to do.

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