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Formula One: Hamilton savours stunning team effort

Lewis Hamilton has heaped praise on his McLaren team for helping him secure a first victory of the season in the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Briton thanked the crew, tacticians and engineers for playing a decisive role in his spectacular Chinese takeaway.

Hamilton's success underlined the role that strategy plays in the new era of drag-reducing rear wings, energy storage systems and Pirelli's deliberately short-life tyres.

As the Red Bull team principal, Christian Horner, sought to play down the negative effect of his team's two-stop tyre changing plan, which cost points leader Sebastian Vettel the chance of a fifth consecutive victory, Hamilton said: “I think the strategy we came up with going into qualifying definitely helped.

“I think my new option [softer compound] tyre seemed to last a little bit longer than the guys' in front, but I think it was quite a few things that came together. The pit stops were fantastic.

“The guys are always pushing to improve and the car felt great. I was just trying to nurse my tyres while trying to pick up pace. It was one of the best races I have experienced where guys were out in front of me and I had to do quite a lot of overtaking. Thumbs up to the guys back at the factory and in the garage.”

Meanwhile McLaren's team principal, Martin Whitmarsh, has suggested that F1 could “do a better job” in promoting itself in new territories. The grandstands in Shanghai were not full despite the thrilling spectacle on offer.

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