Hamilton anticipates a tight title race

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Chinese Grand Prix victor Lewis Hamilton says the final stint of the race was an example of "what racing is all about" because he and Sebastian Vettel were exchanging quick lap times despite a big gap on track.

Lewis Hamilton wants to see Red Bull join the title fight after moving level on points with Sebastian Vettel at the top of the championship with victory in the Chinese Grand Prix.

The start of the Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Notably, Hamilton revealed that he had told Vettel that he would be eyeing revenge after the latter piped the former to win the season-opening Australian Grand Prix last month.

Niki Lauda has said that he thinks Formula 1 is heading for a season-long battle between Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel's win in Melbourne raised expectations of a spirited Ferrari fight in the sport's wider new cars. Such a decision left the 37-year-old, who also complained of power issues early on, behind the Red Bulls of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo.

Although it is still early days in the title race, this year looks set to offer fans a Hamilton versus Vettel battle for race wins, and ultimately the World title. "And Ferrari are the best they have been in a decade".

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"In Australia I think we had a better auto on race day - we could see Lewis was struggling a little with his tyres", Vettel added.

But when the safety vehicle was deployed for real only moments later after Antonio Giovinazzi, the Italian filling in for the unfit Pascal Wehrlein, crashed his Sauber for the second time in as many days, Hamilton could stop for dry rubber. The drive of the race belonged to Max Verstappen. We were both pushing and those last 20 laps we were really exchanging times.

"My start was OK but then I realised that the intermediates had quite a lot of degradation", he said.

"On a track and in conditions which were very different from those we had in Melbourne, we proved that we have a strong vehicle", Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said. "But then there were other times in the race where I was quicker".

His performances have already prompted Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne to urge team boss Maurizio Arrivabene to sit down with Raikkonen to discuss the situation.

Ferrari seems to have a great chance at ending that drought in 2017 and Marchionne thinks the Shanghai race gave plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the remainder of the season.