Lewis Hamilton wins sixth Formula One China Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton wins sixth Formula One China Grand Prix

The five-time world champion had started second, behind Bottas, but made the most of the inside line into Turn 1, out-dragging his teammate to take the lead into the first corner.

Addressing the issue after the race, Binotto said he would understand if Leclerc was unhappy with the team's strategy.

"After the first stint, the second and third stints were very similar".

Hamilton showed vintage racing two weeks after being gifted first place in Bahrain, when Ferrari's Charles Leclerc encountered late engine problems.

This result makes it six wins in a row for the German manufacturers.

"We do our job, stay focused", Leclerc - agonisingly denied victory last time out in Bahrain after his Ferrari lost power late on - was informed on team radio after he briefly protested. Ferrari saw the same scenario as Leclerc shot past Vettel into third.

Vettel had clear air to catch the Mercedes duo, but failed to make any impression on the leaders. But it triggered a set of circumstances that led to Verstappen beating Leclerc to fourth place.

With Vettel ostensibly quicker, the team ordered Leclerc to let Vettel through on lap 11 and he did so. The Red Bull driver made a DRS-assisted pass on the back straight and moved up to P4, but Vettel reclaimed the spot after edging the former onto the grass.

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It was a perceptive comment. "We still need a bit more pace to fight Mercedes and Ferrari but we are in a good position and collecting solid points each race".

Red Bull opted for a second stop bringing Verstappen in for the medium tyres on lap 35 and Ferrari decided once again to cover him, bringing Vettel in a lap later. Out front, by lap 14 Hamilton had four seconds on his teammate and a full 10 on both Ferraris. These questions will hang over Ferrari for some time to come.

Fifth was Red Bull's Max Verstappen and sixth his team-mate Pierre Gasly.

Kimi Raikkonen finished ninth for Alfa Romeo and Thailand's Alexander Albon, who started from the pitlane after missing qualifying due to a heavy crash in final practice took the final point for Toro Rosso. Just about how much you were managing or pushing.

Lewis Hamilton cruised to victory in the third race of the F1 Drivers Championship. But this award goes to Albon, who drove superbly to take a point from a pit lane start, which will be a boost to his confidence that could have taken a knock after his practice crashWhat happens next?

The next race is the Azerbaijan GP on April 28 in Baku. But who would ever bet against Mercedes? Valtteri has been quick all weekend and to have a one-two is really special on the 1,000th grand prix.

"For the race start, I thought maybe it's going to be better with warmer tyres but it wasn't", he continued, "so once I hit the white line, I got the wheel-spin, took too long to recover it, lost a few metres of distance, and Lewis got me".