Lewis Hamilton said his qualifying strategy of saving a set of soft tyres helped him win the Chinese Grand Prix.
Speaing in the post-race press conference he said: “I think definitely the strategy we came up with going into qualifying definitely helped. My new option tyres seemed to last a little bit longer than the guys in front.
“But I think it was quite a few things that came together. The pit stops were fantastic, the guys are always pushing to improve, the car felt great, and I was trying to nurse my tyres while trying to pick up pace.
“It was one of the best races I’ve experienced, at least this year, where the guys in front had to do quite a lot of overtaking.
“But real thumbs-up to the guys back at the factory and in the garage they really put their hearts into developing the car and making the car the best it can be in the weekend and it feels amazing to be able to bring home a victory.”
He added he tried not to panic when he nearly missed the start of the race with an engine problem:
“I don’t let worry come into my thoughts. I was in the car nice and early and we had a problem where the car just wouldn’t start.
“I’m still not sure exactly what went on but they had to take a lot of bodywork off and I knew there was six minutes to go and then there was two minutes to go and fortunately everything just came together very quickly.
“The guys did a great job but of course for me it’s very important to stay as calm as possible because that reflects on all the guys in the garage so I try to stay positive. And they got the car out, which was most important.”
2011 Chinese Grand Prix
- Hamilton: ‘It’s sweeter to win by overtaking’
- 2011 Chinese Grand Prix: complete race weekend review
- Who was the best driver of the Chinese GP weekend?
- McLaren: Button’s pit mistakes almost cost Hamilton
- Red Bull: Poor qualifying gives strategy advantage to Webber
- Ferrari: Montezemolo demands reaction after poor result
- Mercedes: Rosberg beats Ferraris despite fuel worries
- Renault: Points salvaged after poor qualifying
- Sauber: Two penalties in one race for Perez
- Lotus: Kovalainen joins in midfield battle
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