GPI 2017 Chinese Grand Prix - Page 18

PODIUM F ull transcript from the top three pres conference after the Chinese Grand Prix, Round 2 of the 2017 Cinese Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit, featuring: race winner Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), second placed Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and third placed Max Verstappen (Red Bull). Podium interviews conducted by Martin Brundle Congratulations, Lewis, you led from start to finish, but it was pretty tricky at the beginning, the conditions looked part slick, part intermediate… Lewis Hamilton: It was incredible. Firstly, a big thank you to all the people here in Shanghai for coming out. Thank you. We’ve got such a great crowd here. It was very, very tough for us all. It was difficult to know. I went out in inters initially, on the laps to the grid, and then I tried the slick and it was impossible, and then we all started on inters and it was very, very hard, because there was a lot of dry patches everywhere, mostly dry except for a couple of corners that were wet. So trying to keep the car on the track and look after the tyres at the same time was very tough. A great job done by Sebastian and this young dude here [Max Verstappen], who’s always like… [Max] has actually been voted driver of the day, so he’s beat you on that vote... LH: Oh, great, great! It’s OK, I don’t mind being on the top step! Lastly, I just want to say a big thank you to this team. I’m just so tremendously proud of everyone on my own personal team, in terms of my own like staff and that, but also my team who work so hard back at the factory to make this possible. And this race is so real; it’s so exciting for me personally. I don’t know how it is for everyone else but I hope they’re enjoying it.