Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton cruised to his second consecutive Chinese Grand Prix victory ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel Getty

Lewis Hamilton put in a dominant performance as he and Mercedes got back to winning ways at the Chinese Grand Prix ahead of Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel.

The Briton led from the start and controlled the race right from the beginning. Rosberg did manage to close up to his teammate in the middle stint, but it was the result of Hamilton managing his tyres.

The 2014 World Champion was asked by his team to up the pace, as Rosberg was being caught by Vettel, but Hamilton waited just long enough before putting in two quick laps ahead of his final stop.

From then on it was the Mercedes championship leader controlling the pace and was comfortably leading his teammate, when in the last three laps the safety car was deployed, meaning the cars finished in the order they were.

The Ferrari duo of Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen came in third and fourth and kept the Mercedes team on their toes for the first two stints, but had no answer to their pace in the final stint on the medium compound tyres.

The Finn was catching his teammate in the closing stages of the race, but the arrival of the safety car, put paid to his chances of grabbing the final podium place, making it three podiums in a row for Vettel with his new team.

The Williams' of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas finished a distant fifth and sixth, confirming that Ferrari have moved ahead of them in the pecking order as the best of the rest.

They were plenty of battles all through the race with the Lotus, Red Bull and Toro Rosso battling for the last four points scoring places.

Max Verstappen drove a brilliant race up until his car came to a halt on the start/finish straight and he was on course for yet another points scoring finish, further displaying his natural talent behind the wheel.

McLaren's struggles continued, but they will be buoyed to have finished the race with Fernando Alonso finishing just ahead of his teammate Jenson Button in 13<sup>th place.

The teams will need a quick turnover as the F1 juggernaut moves on to Bahrain for the next race in just seven days time.