Lewis Hamilton slams ‘broken’ Mercedes as Max Verstappen eases to Chinese GP win

Verstappen eased to victory on Sunday morning (Picture: Getty)

Lewis Hamilton was heard repeatedly complaining about his ‘slow’ and ‘broken’ Mercedes car as Max Verstappen strolled to victory at the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Dutchman secured his fourth win in five races this year in a race interrupted by two safety car periods, twice re-establishing a comfortable lead.

McLaren’s Lando Norris secured second place with Sergio Perez completing the podium in third.

Hamilton, who started the race in 18th after a disappointing qualifying run, secured ninth place on a day where the 39-year-old made his frustrations known.

Hamilton was heard sharing his concerns over his tyres as early as the second lap, remarking ‘this car is so slow’ in the 16th lap as he struggled to overtake while in 14th place.

Eight laps later, Hamilton said over the radio ‘the car is just sliding around everywhere like something is broken. It’s really bad.’

Hamilton later benefited from the safety car chaos to climb into the top 10 of the leaderboard.

Lewis Hamilton finishes in 9th place

Hamilton settled for ninth spot (Picture: Getty)

Speaking after the race, Hamilton said: ‘I’m grateful just to get into the points. I honestly didn’t expect a lot more this weekend.

‘Hopefully, we have a step forward coming at the next race. We’ll be back at the factory next week and we’ll try to position the car better for Miami and hopefully have a better weekend.’

His Mercedes teammate George Russell secured a sixth place finish but also failed to trouble the likes of Red Bull and Ferrari.

Focus will now shift to Miami on 5 May with team principal Toto Wolff promising a more competitive showing.

‘Considering where we put the cars, altogether for the drivers and the team it was not a good position for today. Not good enough, overall,’ he said.

‘We’re lacking pace so we’ve got to dig deep. We’ve got something coming for Miami that looks like a good step – let’s see where that brings us out.’


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