Chinese Grand Prix - Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two in Shanghai

Lewis Hamilton completed a hat-trick of wins for the first time in his career as he coasted to victory in the Chinese Grand Prix.

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Chinese Grand Prix - Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two in Shanghai
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Lewis Hamilton Chinese GP

It was the 25th victory of his career, which sees him overtake the legendary Juan Manuel Fangio and equal the achievements of Niki Lauda and Jim Clark for eight on the all-time list. It was also his third win in China.

It was a Mercedes one-two as Nico Rosberg recovered from a dreadful start to finish in second place, albeit some 18 seconds behind his team-mate.

Even so, Rosberg is still the leader in the drivers' championship, although only now with a minimal four-point advantage over Hamilton.

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

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

Fernando Alonso took the final podium spot for Ferrari, holding off the challenge of Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo in fourth.

"Being here on the podium is some kind of surprise for us, it's a nice surprise finally," the double world champion said.

"(I'm) happy with the podium finish today, third in the drivers' championship behind these two guys.

"So we didn't have the start of the season that we like but at the end of the day we are still in the fight."

Australian Ricciardo had been pestering his team-mate Sebastian Vettel from the off, resulting in team orders to let Ricciardo past. Vettel expressed his displeasure at that order in no uncertain terms, asking: "What tyres is he on?"

And when told that Ricciardo was on the same tyres as him, the 26-year-old responded by saying "tough luck."

But in the end he could do nothing to keep him behind.

Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez, the two Force India cars, finished sixth and ninth respectively, with Finns Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen sandwiched between them.

Jenson Button came in 11th; and Felipe Massa, 15th in his Williams, will count himself the unluckiest man of the day. A terrible pit stop sent him to the back of the field after he had a storming start to move up into sixth.

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All-time Formula One wins list

1. Michael Schumacher 91

2. Alain Prost 51

3. Ayrton Senna 41

4. Sebastian Vettel 39

5. Fernando Alonso 32

6. Nigel Mansell 31

7. Jackie Stewart 27

T8. Jim Clark 25

T8. Niki Lauda 25

T8. Lewis Hamilton 25

11. Juan Manuel Fangio 24

Result from the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit on Sunday

1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes 1:36:52.810

2. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes +00:18.686

3. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 00:25.765

4. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) RedBull - Renault 00:26.978

5. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault 00:51.012

6. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes 00:57.581

7. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes 00:58.145

8. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari 01:23.990

9. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes 01:26.489

10. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - Renault 1 lap

11. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1 lap

12. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - Renault 1 lap

13. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren 1 lap

14. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - Renault 1 lap

15. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes 1 lap

16. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber - Ferrari 1 lap

17. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham - Renault 1 lap

18. Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - Ferrari 1 lap

19. Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - Ferrari 2 laps

20. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham - Renault 2 laps

r. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Renault 28 laps

r. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber - Ferrari 51 laps

Drivers Points

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

Constructors Points

1. Mercedes 154

2. RedBull - Renault 57

3. Force India - Mercedes 54

4. Ferrari 52

5. McLaren 43

6. Williams-Mercedes 36

7. Toro Rosso - Renault 8

8. Lotus - Renault 0

9. Sauber - Ferrari 0

10. Marussia - Ferrari 0

11. Caterham - Renault 0

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