For the first time this year Sebastian Vettel did not finish first. The Red Bull driver scored all three pole positions and won the first two races. But in China on Sunday he finished second to Lewis Hamilton, who drove a brilliant race in his McLaren, while Vettel fell victim to a bad start and worn tires near the end of the race, losing the lead at the start and then after retaking it, losing it again a few laps from the end.
But he accepted the defeat by saying the two-stop strategy was not good enough, and that the car just didn't react quickly enough at the start. He also had the good sense of humor to joke about an incident during his first pit stop when Jenson Button, the other McLaren driver drove into Vettel's pit stop box area just ahead of him. He joked about how thankfully Jenson and the Red Bull mechanics noticing that he was in the wrong spot because it could have ended up badly, with the Red Bull mechanics changing Jenson's tires. Which would, in turn, he said, mean that he might himself have had to go into the McLaren pit to ask them to change his tires!