Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Shanghai, 2011

Hamilton: ‘It’s sweeter to win by overtaking’

2011 Chinese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Shanghai, 2011
Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton, Shanghai, 2011

Lewis Hamilton says being able to overtake Sebastian Vettel to win in China made his victory “sweeter”.

Hamilton said: “China was great because we made it work out on the track – it’s always sweeter to win a race when you’ve overtaken the cars ahead.

“And in my final stint I got past Nico [Rosberg], Felipe [Massa] and Sebastian for the win, which hopefully was great for all the fans watching.”

He compared the victory to his 2008 wins in the rain at Monaco and Silverstone, saying: “Those two wins weren’t just about aggression either – I won those races through pure speed but also with intelligence, and with support from everyone in the pitlane. They were really complete race wins – and they’re the most satisfying.”

He said after his problems in Malaysia he approached the Shanghai weekend determined to keep fresh sets of tyres for the race:

“We worked to make the race strategy work from the moment we arrived at the track on Thursday.

“After Malaysia, I really wanted to make sure we’d have enough tyres for the race, so I went into our first engineering meeting of the weekend with my mind made up that I wanted to hold onto my tyres and keep as many sets as fresh for the race.”

He added: “It would have been easy for the engineers to have just looked at me and said, ??No’, but they always listen and they always find a way of making it work.”

Hamilton believes the team need to make more progress with their car: “We’ve still got more work to do to be able to match Red Bull.

“Don’t get me wrong, what we’ve done has been incredible, but we need to go into the Turkish Grand Prix with more upgrades and improvements if we’re to continue fighting at the front. And we know that other teams won’t be standing still either.”

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