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Lewis Hamilton wins F1's race 1,000 in China

Lewis Hamilton took a comfortable victory in the Chinese Grand Prix to take the championship lead for the first time in 2019.

The Mercedes driver passed team-mate Valtteri Bottas, who had taken pole position, off the line and controlled the race from there.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel took third, after the team ordered team-mate Charles Leclerc to let him by in the opening laps.

The decision led to Leclerc losing fourth place to Max Verstappen’s Red Bull.

Ferrari will face questions about the wisdom of their approach to the race – and to team orders in general – but Hamilton was serenely distant from such concerns.

After taking the lead, Hamilton edged away from Bottas, building a five-second lead before his first pit stop on lap 22.

Mercedes’ decision to bring Bottas in first to protect from Vettel behind dropped the lead to less than two seconds, but Hamilton soon pulled away again to take his second victory in a row.

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This article is from the BBC Sport website / bbc.co.uk - Lewis Hamilton wins F1's race 1,000 in China

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