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Hamilton Takes Formula One Win In China
Mercedes diver Lewis Hamilton got the checkered flag to win the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix (CCSS Level: Grade 6, Words: 456)
Apr 10, 2017 Sports
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China had been a very happy hunting ground for Lewis Hamilton in the past - and it was again this weekend. Hamilton mastered Shanghai's changing conditions and stayed clear of fighting rivals to win the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix yesterday. Earlier in the weekend practice races had been curtailed owing to restrictions imposed due to Shanghai's notorious air pollution.

The Briton cried to a clear win when he drove his Mercedes across the line 6.2 seconds ahead of Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. Max Verstappen, who started 16th, finished third to hand Red Bull its 100th podium position.

It was Hamilton's 54th career win and a record fifth in Shanghai. But it was the triple champion's first for this race season and returned Mercedes to the top of the podium after Vettel won last month's season-opening race for a strong Ferrari team.

"I am so happy with my first win of the year and I can't believe it if I'm honest. My pole lap put me in a great position and then the start was just fantastic. I'm really happy with my starts right now so I want to keep that up! During the race I needed to keep my composure in some really tricky conditions out there. After the pit stop under the Safety Car the speed was low and the tyres were very cold, so it would have been very easy to make a mistake, so I'm just grateful that I didn't. In those final 20 laps Sebastian and I were just pounding around as fast as we could, exchanging fastest lap times, that's what racing is all about. In the future there will be times when we don't have a Safety Car and we won't have that gap. I'm excited for that. It's very close and there were times when it was hard to match Sebastian. It has been a fantastic weekend and I am so grateful for the effort the team has put in for us to be where we are today. It's very overwhelming when you have a weekend like this, because I'm just a single link in the chain and there are hundreds of people who are involved to put me up here on the top step. Big congratulations to everyone, especially those back home, I hope they're celebrating and feeling the spirit and the fight." said Hamilton after the race, which also handed him his 106th podium, putting him joint second with Alain Prost on the list of drivers with most rostrum results.

Hamilton, who finished second to Vettel in Melbourne, heads into the next race in Bahrain in a week's time tied on points with the German.

Mercedes, meanwhile, leads the constructor's standings by just one point over Ferrari.

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