Lewis Hamilton posts emotional message to Instagram followers after sensational Chinese GP

Hamilton moved to the top of the drivers’ table with his second successive victory.

Despite finishing second in qualifying behind team-mate Vatteri Bottas, Hamilton stormed out in front – eventually winning by a six second margin.

The Mercedes driver is targeting a sixth world title in 2019, and he remains on track with a near perfect start to the season.

“I’ll always remember today,” Hamilton posted online in a show of affection to fans.

The 34-year-old, despite topping the table, admitted after the race that the weekend has been far from a perfect outing.

“Considering it was a real struggle this weekend, I’m really grateful at the result,” he said.

“It’s been a massive team effort all weekend and the work doesn’t stop.

“It’s crazy to think there’s still 18 races to go. It’s a long, long way to go and a lot of work to do.

“The team deserved the win and worked so hard and did a really awesome job.

“I’m just happy I was able to come through and make improvement in areas.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re not perfect but you’ve got to make improvements, which I did.

“It was an exciting race. Once I was out in the lead I felt I had control of it for a while and then it was interesting to see the places move up and down behind.”

One member of the Mercedes team that wasn’t overly pleased by the result was Bottas, who bemoaned his failure to build on his pole position.

He admitted: ”I think I lost it at the start, honestly, otherwise I was feeling okay and the pace was similar.

“In the first stints, in the dirty air, I couldn’t follow. It was a shame about the start.

“I got some wheelspin when I went over the white line at the start-finish line which is immediately after my box so I lost it there.”

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