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2014-04-20 11:53

1,2,3! Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has made his third win in China and also his third consecutive win for the 2014 season. Image: AP

SHANGHAI, China - Lewis Hamilton made his third win in a row by leading a dominant Mercedes 1-2 in the Chinese Formula 1 GP on Sunday.

German team mate Nico Rosberg took the chequered flag 18sec behind the Briton to finish runner-up for the third race in a row but kept the overall lead in the championship, four points ahead of Hamilton.


Hamilton, who led from pole and punched the air with both fists after parking up and leaping out of his car, said later: "I just can't believe how amazing the car is. I was just really racing myself.

"This team is on a roll, that's for sure."

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso, 2013's winner in Shanghai, finished third - his first podium of the year - in his team's first race under new principal Marco Mattiacci  and ahead of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo.

The victory was the 25th of Hamilton's career, pulling him level with Niki Lauda and the late Jim Clark in the all-time list of winners, and the first time the 2008 champion had won three races in a row.

Rosberg, winner of the season-opener in Australia, now has 79 points after four races, with Hamilton on 75 and Alonso third on 41.

Mercedes has 154 points to Red Bull's 57.

Red Bull's four-times World champion Sebastian Vettel, who was asked to move aside for his faster Australian team mate for the second race in a row, was fifth.

Germany's Nico Hulkenberg was sixth for Force India, with Valtteri Bottas seventh for Williams despite making contact with Rosberg at the start.

His Brazilian team mate Felipe Massa had a nightmare, however, stuck in the pits for a whole minute as Williams struggled to change a rear tyre.

Kimi Raikkonen was eighth for Ferrari with Mexican Sergio Perez ninth for Force India and Russian rookie Daniil Kvyat 10th for Toro Rosso.

Driver's and Constructors' championship points standings

1 Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes - 79
2 Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes - 75
3 Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari - 41
4 Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India - 36
5 Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull - 33
6 Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Red Bull - 24
7 Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams - 24
8 Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren - 23
9 Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren - 20
10 Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - 18
11 Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams - 12
12 Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari - 11
13 Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - 4
14 Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - 4
15 Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - 0
16 Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber - 0
17 Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber - 0
18 Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - 0
19 Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham - 0
20 Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - 0
21 Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham - 0
22 Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - 0

1 Mercedes - 154
2 Red Bull -57
3 Force India - 54
4 Ferrari - 52
5 McLaren - 43
6 Williams 36
7 Toro Rosso - 8
8 Lotus - 0
9 Sauber - 0
10 Marussia - 0
11 Caterham - 0


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