Sublime Hamilton leads charge for peerless Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton leads at the start of the Chinese Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton leads at the start of the Chinese Grand Prix
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Lewis Hamilton produced yet another flawless drive as he led from start to finish to claim a third straight victory and lead home teammate Nico Robserg in a Mercedes one-two at the Chinese Grand Prix.

Hamilton’s victory further underlines his tag as favourite for this year’s world title with the result narrowing Rosberg’s lead to just four points at the top of the drivers’ standings.

The Brit was in a class of his own throughout the race as he took full advantage of his pole position to pull out a significant lead over the rest of the field before cruising to the finish line.

Hamilton said after the race: “The guys gave me a great car today and all I really had to do was sit in it and steer it. Awesome job by everyone back at the factory and I can’t wait for the European season to start.”

Rosberg still leads the race for the title as although he’s only won once this season, his consistency has been rewarded with three consecutive second-place finishes to keep him top.

He said: “This was another strong performance from Mercedes-Benz and we have very much been able to maintain our early form.

“Now we will be racing in Europe so we can expect that some teams will be able to increase their pace with recent developments not yet seen on the track so far, but we also have been working hard to remain at the front.”

Fernando Alonso completed the podium for Ferrari, with Daniel Ricciardo fourth and reigning champion, Sebastian Vettel, fifth for Red Bull.

Nico Hulkenberg maintained his good form by finishing sixth for the Sahara Force India team at the wheel of a VJM07 chassis, while his team-mate, Sergio Perez, took ninth.

Hulkenberg said: “It’s a good feeling to be fourth in the points table after the first four races.

“I know many of the European tracks really well, so I’m now looking forward to May 11 and the Spanish Grand Prix.”

Mercedes’ utter domination in 2014 has not come as a total shock to the F1 world following their impressive pre-season pace.

Mercedes team boss, Toto Wolff, said: “We are delighted with how the season is progressing at the moment, but we can’t afford to become complacent. Other teams are trying to give their drivers the chance to defeat us and we must fight on-track to hold our position.”

The FIA F1 World Championship season continues in Spain at the Circuit de Catalunta on May 11.