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Sunday, 14 April 2019


Lewis Hamilton has taken the world championship lead after winning a milestone Chinese GP, with Mercedes dominating as Ferrari courted controversy with their race strategy.
Hamilton overtook his pole-sitting team-mate Valtteri Bottas off the line and never looked back, eventually taking victory in F1's 1000th grand prix by six seconds.
"It's not been the most straight-forward of weekends but what a fantastic result for the team," said Hamilton, with Mercedes sealing three consecutive one-twos to start F1 2019.
"The start was where I was able to make the difference."
Hamilton now leads Bottas in the championship by six points.
Sebastian Vettel was a distant third behind Bottas for Ferrari and the Scuderia frustrated their other driver, Charles Leclerc, after implementing team orders early in the race.
After passing Vettel at the start, Leclerc was told to give way to Vettel on Lap 11 - but the German didn't pull away and the move hampered the rest of Leclerc's race.
Leclerc finished fifth after failing to chase down Max Verstappen, who impressed for Red Bull and was involved in a thrilling wheel-to-wheel battle with Vettel following the first pit-stops in a two-stop Shanghai race.
Pierre Gasly secured his best result of the season in sixth in the sister RB15 and also snatched the extra fastest lap point, while Daniel Ricciardo, the man he replaced at Red Bull, impressed for Renault as 'best of the rest'.
Sergio Perez and Kimi Raikkonen were eighth and ninth, while British-born rookie Alex Albon sensationally completed the top-10 despite starting in the pit-lane for Toro Rosso.

Chinese GP Timesheet

1) Lewis HamiltonMercedes
2) Valtteri BottasMercedes+6.552
3) Sebastian VettelFerrari+13.744
4) Max VerstappenRed Bull+27.627
5) Charles LeclercFerrari+31.276
6) Pierre GaslyRed Bull+89.307
7) Daniel RicciardoRenault+1 LAP
8) Sergio PerezRacing Point+1 LAP
9) Kimi RaikkonenAlfa Romeo+1 LAP
10) Alexander AlbonToro Rosso+1 LAP
11) Romain GrosjeanHaas+1 LAP
12) Lance StrollRacing Point+1 LAP
13) Kevin MagnussenHaas+1 LAP
14) Carlos SainzMcLaren+1 LAP
15) Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo+1 LAP
16) George RussellWilliams+2 LAPS
17) Robert KubicaWilliams+2 LAPS
Did not finish
Lando NorrisMcLaren
Nico HulkenbergRenault
Daniil KvyatToro Rosso

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