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Hamilton Wins 3rd Straight in Shanghai ; as Mercedes Continues Formula One Dominance, Teammate Rosberg Is 2nd

Newspaper article International New York Times

Hamilton Wins 3rd Straight in Shanghai ; as Mercedes Continues Formula One Dominance, Teammate Rosberg Is 2nd

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Lewis Hamilton led from start to finish for his third straight victory this season as his Mercedes team finished 1-2 again.


There is an easy way to measure by just how much the Mercedes team is dominating the new Formula One season after its first four races: At the Chinese Grand Prix outside Shanghai on Sunday, for the fourth time in a row Mercedes won the race by nearly half a minute on its nearest rival.

It was also the third straight time that the two Mercedes drivers finished first and second, with Lewis Hamilton leading his teammate, Nico Rosberg, across the line once again. It was the 25th victory of Hamilton's career and the third time that he has won in China, having taken the victory here in 2008 and 2011, while driving for the McLaren team.

"It's incredible, I can't believe how amazing the car is," said Hamilton. "I was just really racing myself.

"This team is on a roll, that's for sure," he added. "We are going to keep pushing, we are going to keep moving forward, that's what Mercedes-Benz wants to do."

Hamilton, of Britain, had secured the pole position at the first race in Australia last month, and he might have won that one as well, had his engine not temporarily had a problem. He failed to finish, and Rosberg, his German teammate, won.

Because of that, despite Hamilton's three victories, Rosberg still leads the series, with 79 points to 75 for Hamilton.

During qualifying in China on Saturday, Rosberg had barely missed taking pole position from Hamilton after a technical glitch, which gave a wrong reading on his lap time, forced him into a driving error that spoiled his chances in the final moments of his lap. He started the race in fourth, and dropped to seventh at the start.

Despite his masterly climb back up the field, Rosberg said that he again had technical difficulties throughout the race. His car's telemetry had ceased to work, so his team had no idea what was happening on the car. The telemetry sends his engineers information about the car, such as tire and engine temperatures and fuel levels.

So as he was racing through the field, Rosberg was clearly rattled as his engineer continually asked him for fuel level readouts from the dashboard.

"It really annoys me to do that, so I will stop doing that now," he said at one point in the race to his engineer.

"I had to do that in Turn 1," he said afterward.

"And Turn 1 is a difficult corner anyway, so I didn't enjoy that."

But in a season so dominated by one team, there were also once again plenty of interesting racing and developments among the other teams. Notably, the race provided the first podium finish for Ferrari, less than a week after the Italian team's sporting director, Stefano Domenicali, resigned for having failed so badly behind Mercedes in the creation of the new turbo hybrid engines that power the cars this year. …

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