Mercedes achieved perfection at Chinese GP after taking huge Lewis Hamilton risk


At the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix, Mercedes achieved arguably one of the greatest feats in modern F1 history.

The Shanghai International Circuit has always balanced on a knife edge between a one stop and two stop race, with weather and track temperature being the determining factors.

With drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in first and second, respectively, the heat was on.

On lap 34 of 56, Red Bull star Max Verstappen pitted for a second time after the team spotted a chance to reignite their hopes of getting a spot on the podium.

A lap later Ferrari responded and pitted Sebastian Vettel to counteract the bold move from Red Bull that had forced cars ahead to consider a two stop strategy.

The sudden strategy change from Red Bull and Ferrari created a domino effect that brought doubt into the Mercedes garage.

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