Lewis Hamilton dubs his Chinese Grand Prix a ‘catastrophe’ after Mercedes endured another shocker

LEWIS HAMILTON declared his Chinese Grand Prix a "catastrophe" after Mercedes had another shocker.

The defending world champion crossed the road in fifth place however was bumped as much as fourth after Max Verstappen was hit with a ten-second penalty for hitting Sebastian Vettel.

 Lewis Hamilton caused his Chinese Grand Prix a disaster

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Lewis Hamilton brought about his Chinese Grand Prix a catastrophe

The incident-packed race was gained by Purple Bull's Daniel Ricciardo, after the staff's fast-considering to pit each their drivers underneath the security automotive.

Mercedes failed to repeat the tactic and resulted in each Hamilton and his group-mate, Valtteri Bottas, being left like sitting geese.

Hamilton stated: "I used to be in no man's land. I had no tempo. I used to be simply making an attempt to carry on for no matter I had.

"We've received a robust battle forward of us, notably on my aspect. I'll say my aspect, but in addition us as a workforce, we've been beneath performing.

 Lewis Hamilton finished in fifth but was bumped up to fourth in China

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Lewis Hamilton completed in fifth however was bumped as much as fourth in China

"Each days have been a catastrophe on my aspect, so I've received to attempt to rectify that and get myself again into regular efficiency mode. In any other case extra invaluable factors might be misplaced."

It’s the third race in a row the place Hamilton has come unstuck and raises but extra questions on their potential to retain their championship title.

Vettel's eighth-place end truly reduces the Brit's deficit within the championship to 9 factors.

Nevertheless, Hamilton, who was denied a win in Melbourne after the staff bungled their maths in a pitstop, and suffered a gearbox and radio failure in Bahrain, was off the tempo all weekend in China.

 Lewis Hamilton has now endured back-to-back F1 shockers

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Lewis Hamilton has now endured again-to-again F1 shockers
 Lewis Hamilton was unable to even get onto the podium in Shanghai

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Lewis Hamilton was unable to even get onto the rostrum in Shanghai

Merc boss Toto Wolff delivered and equally damning evaluation of his workforce's efficiency after Bottas later rolled over and allowed Ricciardo to cross and take the win.

He added: "The entire weekend we have been simply not ok. We have been in all probability third-fourth, whenever you take a look at the end result and we don't need to be third-fourth.

"We simply have to get our act collectively. The luck has been going towards us in these first couple of races, and today once more. We had a security automotive on the improper second.

"It shakes every little thing up and the 2 Purple Bulls have been daring sufficient to pit for tyres. We thought monitor place was extra necessary.

"We obtained it incorrect, they acquired it proper, they usually deserved to win."

F1 driver Kimi Raikkonen runs over one in every of his crew members as he leaves the pits

LEWIS HAMILTON declared his Chinese Grand Prix a "catastrophe" after Mercedes had another shocker.

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