Formula One

 
                    === Hamilton dominant in Chinese GP ===
 
 Shanghai,  China  (SportsNetwork.com) - Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton claimed
 his  third consecutive  Formula One victory by putting on a superb performance
 in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.
 
 Hamilton  started  on pole and  was untouchable  throughout the 56-lap race at
 Shanghai  International Circuit. The 2008 F1 world champion crossed the finish
 line  18.6 seconds ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg to give Mercedes another 1-2
 finish this season.
 
 It's  the first  time Hamilton  has won  three grand  prix in  a row.  He also
 collected  his 25th  career victory, which placed  him in a tie with Jim Clark
 and Niki Lauda for eighth on F1's all-time race winners list. Hamilton now has
 three victories in the Chinese GP, which is more than any other driver.
 
 "I  really  couldn't do  this without  the hard work  from the team," Hamilton
 said.  "Honestly,  I just  can't believe how  amazing the car  is and how hard
 everyone  has worked. The  results were getting are a real true showing of all
 the hard work."
 
 Rosberg's  second-place  finish allowed  him to  retain the  lead in the world
 championship point standings. He has accumulated 79 points for the season, but
 Hamilton is just four points behind him.
 
 "This  team is on  a roll," Hamilton added. "We aim to keep moving forward and
 improving. I hope we can continue it."
 
 Rosberg,  who started  fourth, struggled at the start of the race, dropping as
 far  back as seventh  on the opening lap after he had made slight contact with
 Williams'  Valtteri  Bottas heading into  the first turn. Rosberg bounced back
 nicely from there, as he overtook Alonso for second with 15 laps to go.
 
 "I'm  still  in the [points] lead,  and that's good, just considering that the
 whole  weekend  was really,  really bad  for me," Rosberg  said. "It went just
 completely  wrong  in so many different  respects. In the race, we didn't have
 telemetry, so there was no communication from the car to the pits. They had no
 idea  what was going  on while I was on the track. That's why the start was so
 bad, but a lot of things came together. So I'm pleased with second."
 
 Fernando Alonso finished third to give Ferrari its first podium of the season.
 Earlier  this week,  Stefano  Domenicali  stepped down  as  team principal  of
 Ferrari. Marco Mattiacci, who had served as president and CEO of Ferrari North
 America,  moved into the role and made his debut with the team this weekend in
 China.
 
 "It was a good weekend, and we've improved the car a bit compared to the first
 three races," Alonso said. "Being on the podium is a nice surprise for us. I'm
 happy with a podium finish today."
 
 Alonso  and his  former teammate, Felipe Massa, who is now with Williams, also
 bumped  into  each other at the  start but neither driver sustained damaged to
 his car.
 
 Daniel  Ricciardo from  Red Bull  took the  fourth spot,  while his  teammate,
 Sebastian Vettel, the four-time defending world champion, was fifth.
 
 Just  before  the halfway point,  Vettel ignored  team orders to let Ricciardo
 pass him, as the two were battling for position. Ricciardo pitted after Vettel
 and therefore had fresher tires.
 
 As  Vettel  complained about the  order over his team  radio, he was told, "He
 [Ricciardo]  stopped  later than  you."  Vettel  then replied,  "Tough  luck."
 Ricciardo eventually overtook his teammate.
 
 Nico  Hulkenberg from Force India finished sixth, while Bottas placed seventh.
 Ferrari's  Kimi Raikkonen was eighth. Hulkenberg's teammate, Sergio Perez, and
 Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat completed the top-10.
 
 04/20 06:19:14 ET

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