Hamilton rues Chinese GP 'disaster'

Hamilton rues Chinese GP 'disaster'

Verstappen's aggressive driving style has once again been brought into question after he put both himself and Vettel into a spin and essentially ruled himself out of at least a podium finish.

Race leader Valletri Bottas, in the Mercedes, and championship leader Sebastian Vettel had just passed the pitlane when the safety auto came out and were forced to go to the end on their sets of soft tyres.

Hamilton looked set to run away with the championship after crushing his rivals en route to pole at the season opener in Australia, but his misfortunes and Ferrari's sudden hot streak have left him on the back foot. "It is disappointing. We were giving everything we had and it kind of felt like we deserved victory. but not today". No driver has ever won the season's first three races without being crowned champion that year, and the last Ferrari driver to do it was Schumacher in 2004 when he was at the peak of his powers and won the opening five.

"The race was going pretty well for us until and we were looking strong all the way until the Safety Car".

Hamilton also seemed to accept the Ferrari dominance. And then with the Safety Car we just got a little bit unlucky - but that happens sometimes.

"We thought coming into today that we would be fighting for the pole position", said Bottas, whose reigning champion team mate Lewis Hamilton qualified fourth after aborting his final flying lap.

He was then asked if the incident was proof he needed to calm down and focus on the bigger picture in races, he said: "It's easy to comment that".

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Several other drivers spun or went off the track as they tested the limits, with the cool and blustery conditions catching them out.

Vettel has only once won the Chinese GP before in 2009 for Red Bull, while Ferrari have not been victorious in Shanghai since Fernando Alonso took the flag in 2013. "I think we have all been in that position and that situation so I think as drivers we can talk about this stuff". "That was of course my fault", Verstappen told Sky Sports F1.

Star of the session: Raikkonen has really been the star of the weekend so far and can consider himself quite unlucky to not be on pole position.

Valtteri Bottas appeared on course to claim his victory after a strategy error by Ferrari allowed the Mercedes auto to move ahead of Vettel during their one and only round of pit stops. Max Verstappen led the way ahead of Daniel Ricciardo, who missed a lot of the early running after suffering a dramatic turbo failure in the morning practice session.

"We definitely have work to do", Bottas said.

Sergey Sirotkin narrowly missed out on making it into Q2 but managed to out-qualify team-mate Lance Stroll.

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