SHANGHAI: Lewis Hamilton seized the Formula I championship leadership after winning the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.

The reigning world champion immdiately overtook Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas to dictate the sport’s 1,000th race.

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.

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.

It was Hamilton’s 75th career victory after a weekend on which he had struggled throughout practice.

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