Lewis Hamilton produced another dominant display taking victory at the Chinese Grand Prix, to win three races in a row for the first time in his career. Hamilton led comfortably throughout, while his teammate Nico Rosberg recovered from a poor start to take second, with Fernando Alonso a brilliant third in a remarkable revival for Ferrari.
“I can’t believe how amazing the car is,” Hamilton said. “This team is on a roll, that’s for sure.”
After becoming the most successful British driver of all time in qualifying yesterday, Hamilton equalled Jim Clark and Niki Lauda’s record of 25 career victories to narrow the gap in the drivers’ championship to four points. This was the kind of peerless drive which will further endorse — if it needed any more endorsement — his status as favorite for this year’s Formula One title.
Formula One’s stewards have been spared their blushes after a premature chequered flag and an obscure regulation only narrowly avoided seriously affecting the race result. In what will inevitably be christened ‘flaggate,’ the chequered flag was waved a lap early, which meant Kamui Kobayashi’s final lap pass on Jules Bianchi did not count.