22 Apr 2014

Hamilton wins Chinese GP in Mercedes one-two

7:10 am on 22 April 2014

British Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton raced to a hat-trick of wins after claiming victory at the Chinese Grand Prix, cruising unchallenged to the flag ahead of team mate Nico Rosberg as a Mercedes claimed a third consecutive one-two finish.

The win was the 25th of Hamilton's career and drew him level with British legend Jim Clark and his current Mercedes boss, triple world champion Niki Lauda, in the all-time winner's list.

It is also the first time that Hamilton - who moved ahead of Clark to become the top British - has managed to win three races in a row.

Fernando Alonso, winner of last year's race in China, finished third to give Ferrari their first podium of the season and the first under new boss Marco Mattiacci.

Rosberg continues to lead the drivers' standings on 79 points despite not having won a race since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix but Hamilton's three straight wins have allowed the Briton to close to within four points in second place.

Ferrari's Alonso is third, 34 points behind Hamilton.