Hamilton wins Chinese GP in Mercedes one-two

Sun Apr 20, 2014 7:08am EDT
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By Abhishek Takle

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton raced to a hat-trick of wins in Sunday's Formula One Chinese Grand Prix, cruising unchallenged to the flag ahead of team mate Nico Rosberg as a dominant Mercedes claimed a third straight one-two finish.

The win was the 25th of Hamilton's career and drew him level with British legend Jim Clark and his current Mercedes boss, triple world champion Niki Lauda, in the all-time winner's list.

It is also the first time that Hamilton - who moved ahead of Clark to become the top British qualifier on Saturday - has managed to win three races in a row.

"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, winner of last year's race in China, finished third to give Ferrari their first podium of the season and the first under new boss Marco Mattiacci, who looked on from the pitwall.

"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.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives during the Chinese F1 Grand Prix at the Shanghai International circuit, April 20, 2014. REUTERS/Carlos Barria