Lewis Hamilton wins Formula One's 1000th race

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Britain’s Lewis Hamilton has won the Chinese Grand Prix for a record sixth time.

It means he seizes the overall lead from his Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas in Formula One’s 1,000th world championship race.

Bottas, who made a poor start from pole and lost out to five times world champion Hamilton into the first corner, was second for his team’s third one-two finish in as many races this season.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took third place, his first podium appearance of the campaign, with Red Bull’s Pierre Gasly denying the German an extra point with the fastest lap right at the end.

The win was the 75th of Hamilton’s career, and second in a row after his triumph in Bahrain two weeks ago.

Hamilton, who also won the 900th in Bahrain in 2014, said: “To have a one-two together is really special in the 1,000th Grand Prix.

“The start was where I was able to make the difference, and after that it’s kind of history.

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“It’s not been the most straight-forward of weekends but what a fantastic result for the team.

“The start was where I was able to make the difference.”

He is now just 16 victories short of Michael Schumacher’s all time record tally of 91.

Hamilton has 68 points to Bottas’s 62 with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen third on 39.

In the constructors’ standings, Mercedes are already 57 clear of second-placed Ferrari.

There has yet to be a winner this year from pole position, with Bottas triumphant in the Australian opener in similar fashion to Hamilton in China.


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