Briton Lewis Hamilton won the 1,000th Formula One grand prix Sunday in Shanghai, China after grabbing the lead from Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the first corner.

Hamilton, who started from second on the grid, took the world championship lead after romping home to win the Chinese Grand Prix by more than 6.5 seconds from Bottas, with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel third.

Max Verstappen of Red Bull was fourth and Charles Leclerc in the second Ferrari was fifth.

This was world champion Hamilton’s sixth victory at the Chinese Grand Prix and second in a row this season.

“To have a one-two (for Mercedes) is really special in the 1,000th grand prix but the start was where it made the difference and the rest is history,” said the Briton.

 

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