SHANGHAI (AFP) - Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton climbed to the pinnacle of the drivers’ championship with a dominant victory on the 1,000th method One race.

right here are five things we learned from Sunday’s chinese Grand Prix:

Hamilton still the man

a good deal of the pre-season speak turned into approximately the advanced tempo of Ferrari in trying out after which, after Valtteri Bottas gained the season-starting race, the threat to Hamilton from his Mercedes team-mate. However the reigning world champion roared again, prevailing in Bahrain and now China to pinnacle the standings.

. Hamilton’s classy victory, having started 2d in the back of Bottas, shows that he remains the man to beat. 

Vettel remains Ferrari top man

Charles Leclerc has been earmarked as a capacity champion whilst team-mate Sebastian Vettel is a four-time international identify winner under stress after a string of unforced mistakes. However the German remains the concern for Ferrari, stated team foremost Mattia Binotto, and proved it via ordering a disgruntled Leclerc out the way in Shanghai. Vettel grabbed his first podium of 2019 as Leclerc got here fifth. Leclerc can be the future, but Vettel is the present. 

crimson Bull pleasant... Of the rest

earlier than the weekend, Mercedes and Ferrari talked up the hazard posed via red Bull and so it transpired that Max Verstappen, who completed at the podium in Australia in the back of the 2 Mercedes, cut up the Ferrari drivers via finishing fourth in Shanghai. Pierre Gasly was 6th but had the consolation of grabbing the bonus point for the quickest lap after pitting for fresh tyres close to the cease. Pink Bull will maintain pressuring the two front-strolling teams and are searching good to complete at the least because the nice of the rest. 

Albon indicates his skills

London-born Thai motive force Alexander Albon had an eventful weekend. The 23-yr-vintage Toro Rosso rookie turned into lucky to walk away unscathed after a heavy break into a wall in final practice. He become cleared to race however started out from the pits after his mangled automobile couldn't be repaired in time for qualifying. Miraculously, Albon drove to tenth area, incomes an not going point and the "driver of the day" accolade. 

China basks in milestone

Traditionalists were keen to see the 1,000th championship race moved to England’s Silverstone, wherein all of it commenced in 1950. That changed into never really on the cards, consistent with formula One chiefs, who say that China, at the side of the us, is a primary boom market. It can not be the most glamorous race on the calendar, but Shanghai is now a staple within the season and could properly be joined by using a 2d China race at the streets.