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Chinese F1 Grand Prix 2017 Results: Winner, Standings, Highlights, Reaction

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistApril 9, 2017

SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 09: Lewis Hamilton of Great Britain and Mercedes GP celebrates his win on the podium during the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 9, 2017 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton got his first win of the 2017 Formula One season at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on Sunday.

As he had in the season opener in Australia, Hamilton started on pole ahead of Sebastian Vettel but this time managed to hold on to his lead through every lap and finish ahead of the Ferrari driver.

Max Verstappen—who started 16th on the grid—enjoyed a tremendous race as he finished third behind the pair, while Daniel Ricciardo came fourth.

Here are the results, courtesy of F1's official Twitter feed:

Formula 1 @F1

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION (LAP 56/56): After a frantic start, @LewisHamilton produces a flawless drive #ChineseGP 🇨🇳 #F1 https://t.co/Em2zz7huhB

Here are the standings after two races:

F1 Standings
POSDRIVERNATIONALITYCARPTS
1Sebastian VettelGERFERRARI43
2Lewis HamiltonGBRMERCEDES43
3Max VerstappenNEDRED BULL RACING TAG HEUER25
4Valtteri BottasFINMERCEDES23
5Kimi RaikkonenFINFERRARI22
6Daniel RicciardoAUSRED BULL RACING TAG HEUER12
7Carlos SainzESPTORO ROSSO10
8Felipe MassaBRAWILLIAMS MERCEDES8
9Sergio PerezMEXFORCE INDIA MERCEDES8
10Kevin MagnussenDENHAAS FERRARI4
Formula1.com

Recap

The race began in tricky conditions, with a wet start expected but the track drying quicker than anticipated in some sections, leading to a staggering 66 pit stops in just the first seven laps.

Hamilton made a strong start as he led through Turn 1 ahead of Vettel, but it was Verstappen who impressed from the outset as he moved up nine places to seventh in the first lap alone.

The Grand Prix claimed its first casualty on the third lap as Lance Stroll went off the track, while soon after Antonio Giovinazzi—who crashed in Q1 on Saturday—lost control, but the driver was fortunately unharmed:

Formula 1 @F1

LAP 4/56: GIO loses grip and crashes into barriers on pit straight. Italian is OK #ChineseGP 🇨🇳 #F1 https://t.co/9tp0uagRX9

Verstappen continued his assault on the field and took third from Raikkonen on the outside in the eighth. Three laps later, a lovely move inside Ricciardo at Turn 6 saw him move up to second behind Hamilton.

F1 journalists Jennie Gow and Luke Smith marvelled at the 19-year-old:

Jennie Gow @JennieGow

When drivers say they can’t overtake Verstappen must just laugh. #F1

Luke Smith @LukeSmithF1

Verstappen is another level. 1.5 seconds off Hamilton and gaining after qualifying 19th. Unbelievable!

Vettel—who had slipped to fifth—impressed with some overtaking of his own as he took team-mate Raikkonen in lap 20 and soon after charged past Ricciardo at Turn 6 with a lovely move around the outside.

The German eventually regained his place ahead of Verstappen when the Red Bull driver locked up at the hairpin.

Meanwhile, McLaren's Fernando Alonso was forced to abandon his race:

Formula 1 @F1

LAP 35/56: @alo_oficial is OUT - reports technical issues with his @McLarenF1 #ChineseGP 🇨🇳 #F1 https://t.co/I5xX95cxXt

At the head of the field, Vettel gave Hamilton something to think about as he cut the Englishman's lead from 12 seconds to less than seven over the final 20 laps, but the Mercedes man drove superbly to hold off his rival and set a new fastest lap in the process.

Further back, Verstappen and Red Bull team-mate Ricciardo were engaged in an electric battle for the final podium place that went down to the wire, but the Australian couldn't find a way past.

Hamilton is anticipating a real battle for the championship this year, while Verstappen reflected on his outstanding start:

Formula 1 @F1

HAM: "I think it's going to be the closest championship race I've been involved in. Ferrari have done a great job and so have we" #ChineseGP https://t.co/0z3AfJIzY1

Formula 1 @F1

VER: "I think I passed nine cars on my first lap. It felt a little bit like a video game for me" #ChineseGP https://t.co/LZLEEkHYfD

Ferrari are evidently capable of providing Mercedes with a real challenge this season, the first time in years any team has been able to do so—it was important Hamilton get the win here particularly after failing to beat Vettel from pole in Australia.

As for Verstappen, this race only serves to enhance the teenager's already impressive credentials.

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