Lewis achieved his second successive podium for MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS with a battling third placed finish at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai today.
Lewis started from pole and completed a three-stop option/prime/prime/prime strategy, stopping on laps 5, 21 and 37.
Nico was following the same strategy and had stopped on laps 5 and19, followed by a further stop on lap 20. The team retired his car on lap 21 when a problem with the rear anti-roll bar was identified.
For Ross, “we didn't quite enjoy the balance with the car today that we were expecting. Clearly the track had moved away from us and perhaps more towards one or two other teams. Certainly we didn't have as good a balance in the race as we had on Friday. With Lewis, we did the best we could with the car we had today and he drove extremely well.
We needed to keep the stints as evenly balanced as possible to make sure we had adequate tyre life, however, even with that, it became very close with Sebastian at the end. Nico was running with the same issues a few places back when a problem with the rear anti-roll bar meant we had to stop the car.
Overall we can be confident that we've made another step forward this weekend, and the fact that we're all a little disappointed with third is a measure of the ambition and expectations of the team.”
“Well done to Lewis for the second podium finish in the last two races” said Toto after the race. “He drove a very good race, just fending off Sebastian who had reeled him in on his option tyres over the last five laps.
Starting from pole obviously raises expectations, however we knew that tyre management would be very critical for us today. During practice and qualifying, the track conditions suited us better than in the race today and, as a result, the balance of the car changed and wasn't as good for both drivers.
Unfortunately Nico had to retire from the race on lap 21 with a broken anti-roll bar and we will analyse the reason for this. We will work hard to make sure that technical problems like the ones Nico experienced do not happen again so that both drivers can score points in the Bahrain Grand Prix next weekend.”