GPI 2017 Chinese Grand Prix - Page 119

2017 CHINESE GRAND PRIX The strategy left him bottled up behind Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen, but the four-times champion was able to match Hamilton lap for lap once he found a way past the cars in his path. “In the mixed conditions it felt like we were the quickest, we were the quickest, man,” the 29-year-old enthused to his team over the radio. “Couldn’t prove that but next time we will.” Mercedes, who have swept to a hat-trick of both driver and constructor titles over the last three years, are feeling the heat from their Italian rivals. “I hope they’re feeling the spirit,” triple champion Hamilton said after the race, referring to his team. “I hope they’re feeling the fight… because it’s on.” GPI