SHANGHAI (AFP) - Lewis Hamilton gained the 1,000th components One grand prix Sunday after grabbing the lead from Mercedes group-mate Valtteri Bottas at the first nook and powering to victory in blustery Shanghai.

Hamilton, who began from second on the grid, took the sector championship lead after romping home to win the chinese Grand Prix by using extra than 6.Five seconds from Bottas, with Ferrari s Sebastian Vettel 1/3.

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

This turned into global champion Hamilton s sixth victory at the chinese language Grand Prix and 2d in a row this season.

"To have a one- (for Mercedes) is simply unique inside the 1,000th grand prix but the start become wherein it made the difference and the rest is records," stated the Briton.

Hamilton turned into pipped for pole function by way of Bottas by way of simply zero.023 seconds in qualifying and had stated that he was "struggling with the car".

but the Finn laboured out of the blocks, allowing Hamilton to nip in and clutch the lead at the first nook.

"I misplaced it on the begin, genuinely, disgrace about the start, I got some wheel spin on the starting point," stated Bottas, who also relinquished his maintain at the standings after 3 races.

talented 21-12 months-antique Leclerc in the meantime pulled off the equal trick at the start at the price of his team-mate Vettel, darting into 1/3.

there has been extra early drama when Toro Rosso s Daniil Kvyat tangled with both McLarens of Lando Norris and Carlos Sainz, incomes the Russian a drive-thru penalty.

On lap eleven, 4-time global champion Vettel leapfrogged lower back in the front of Monaco s Leclerc into third following radio orders from Ferrari telling the youngster to allow him bypass.

"We do our process, live focused," Leclerc -- agonisingly denied victory final time out in Bahrain after his Ferrari misplaced energy late on -- turned into informed on crew radio after he in short protested.

back at the front, the 34-year-old Hamilton started out pulling away, setting up a more than five-second hole on Bottas with a 3rd of the race gone.

With 5-time world champion Hamilton -- winner in Bahrain two weeks in the past -- serene up top, the actual battles opened up behind him.

Vettel, beneath pressure after some of unforced errors going returned to ultimate season, went wheel-to-wheel with Verstappen after both pitted for fresh tyres.

Vettel, Bottas after which Toro Rosso s Alexander Albon, who ignored qualifying after an unpleasant crash in final practice, all exchanged fastest laps.

On lap 38 of the 56 it was Leclerc and Bottas who had a skirmish in the compelling war for second.

Leclerc then pitted and became momentarily held up with the aid of a relatively gradual exchange of tyres.

Nico Hulkenberg, who qualified eighth for Renault, noticed his race come to an early end after the team retired his faltering car.

Norris and Kvyat have been also compelled out earlier than the quit.

The fourth race of the season takes vicinity at the streets of Baku, in Azerbaijan, in a fortnight.