Formula One: Hamilton Wins Chinese Grand Prix
Lewis Hamilton snatched a win at the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday with a late surge, denying reigning Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel a third-straight victory this season.
Hamilton, who started on the third grid, rode brilliantly in the final 14 laps of the 56-lap race at the Shanghai International Circuit en route to his first victory of the year. The 26-year-old Brit was running fourth after 41 laps, but began to make his move in the next lap, where he passed by Nico Rosberg of Mercedes. Hamilton moved into second place in the 44th lap after over taking Felipe Massa of Ferrari. He slowly chopped off Vettel’s lead in the succeeding laps before finally overtaking the Red Bull driver on the 52nd lap. Hamilton eventually finished 5.1 seconds ahead of Vettel, who had won the first two races this season. Red Bull’s Mark Webber also had a late surge to take the final podium slot despite starting from 18th place.
Vettel still leads the drivers standings with 68 points, followed by Hamilton with 47 points. Jenson Button of McLaren is third with 38 points, a single point better than Webber at fourth place.