Hamilton Wins F1000 In China To Claim His 75th Career Victory
Defending Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton took his 75th career victory in China today as Formula One celebrated its 1000th race.
The defending champion took the lead of the race from team mate Valtteri Bottas off the line and never looked back controlling the 56 lap event.
Valtteri Bottas who went into the race leading the championship by one point came home second to give Mercedes their third 1-2 of the season in three races.
Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel was third with Max Verstappen fourth for Aston Martin Red Bull Racing.
Charles Leclerc was fifth for Ferrari following a battle with his Ferrari team mate in the early part of the race however team orders came into play with the Prancing Horse for the second race in a row which could lead to the Monacques driver questioning why he moved to Ferrari in the first place.
Pierre Gasly in the second Aston Martin Red Bull Racing car came home in sixth place just ahead of the Renault F1 Team’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Sergio Checo Perez came home in eighth place for the SportPesa Racing Point F1 Team in what was their 500th Grand Prix under all entries dating back when Eddie Jordan founded what was then known as Jordan Grand Prix.
It was a great race for Kimi Raikkonen and Alfa Romeo Racing as the Iceman ended the race in ninth place and as a result that is three points finishes in the opening three races of the season for the Finn.
The star of the race was Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Alex Albon who came from the pit-lane to score points by rounding out the top ten.
The Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean ended the race in 11th place just ahead Lance Stroll. Kevin Magnussen was 13th just ahead of McLaren Renault’s Carlos Sainz who was caught up in first lap contact with Daniil Kvyat.
Antonio Giovinazzi was 15th for Alfa Romeo Racing just ahead of the Rokit Williams Racing pairing of Robert Kubica and George Russell.
Daniil Kvyat and Nico Hulkenberg retired from the race. Next up is the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in two weeks time.