Lewis Hamilton beat Sebastian Vettel with a dominant Chinese Grand Prix drive
The Chinese Grand Prix started in damp conditions with Lewis Hamilton on pole and Sebastian Vettel in second but the German dropped back after pitting just before the safety car was deployed to clear Antonio Giovinazzi's wrecked Sauber.
Vettel fought back to finish second though and ensure he is now tied with Hamilton on 43 points at the top of the table.
"This is going to be one of the closest [title races] if not the closest I've ever experienced," Hamilton said.
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"I'm looking forward to this fight, not only with Sebastian but also with the other guys who will be in amongst it.
"Ferrari have done a fantastic job and it's great.
"We were both pushing in those last 20 laps and really exchanging times.
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"I kept having to be fed what times he was doing so I could try to match it.
"He was closing the gap a little bit but I managed to stay ahead."
Red Bull were a significant distance behind the top two teams at the Australian Grand Prix with Max Verstappen in fifth.
Lewis Hamilton ended the Chinese Grand Prix ahead of Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton
But the Dutchman, having started 16th, produced a brilliant drive to finish third with some stunning overtakes.
And Hamilton seemed delighted to have another driver proving that the 2017 cars are not impossible to get past.
"We're enjoying it because it's that close a battle and the cars look better and are nicer to drive," Hamilton added.
"They're not the easiest to get past but this guy [Max Verstappen] seems to find it possible!
"Today was very very tough for it all.
Lewis Hamilton celebrated his first win over the year in China, driving home from pole position
"We all started on intermediates but it was very hard because it was mostly dry except for a couple of wet corners.
"Trying to keep the car on the track and look after the tyres at the same time was very tough."