13 Apr 2015

Hamilton cruises to victory in Shanghai

6:36 am on 13 April 2015

Lewis Hamilton has extended his lead at the top of the Formula One championship standings with an all-the-way win at the Chinese Grand Prix.

The English driver led a Mercedes one-two ahead of Nico Rosberg.

Lewis Hamilton

Lewis Hamilton Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The race finished behind a safety car after Max Verstappen's Toro Rosso suffered an engine failure on the start-finish straight with two laps remaining for the leaders, but it had been a mostly routine afternoon for the leaders.

The Mercedes pair pulled clear of Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari at the start and managed the race perfectly to ensure their would be no repeat of the German's stunning win in Malaysia last time out.

Four-time world champion Vettel finished ahead of his Ferrari team mate Kimi Raikkonen to claim a third podium finish in as many races since joining the Italian team from Red Bull at the end of last season.

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