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Motor racing: Team by team analysis of the Chinese Grand Prix

(Reuters) - Team by team analysis of Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, third race of the Formula One season and 1,000th in the history of the championship (listed in current championship order):

Formula One F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China - April 14, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race on the podium with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel REUTERS/Aly Song

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MERCEDES (Lewis Hamilton 1, Valtteri Bottas 2)

Hamilton took over at the top after his second win of the season, 75th of his career and sixth in China. Mercedes are the first team since Williams in 1992 to start the season with three successive one-twos. Bottas started from pole, his first since Russia last September. The win was Mercedes’ 90th in F1 and they lead Ferrari by 57 points in the constructors’ standings.

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FERRARI (Sebastian Vettel 3, Charles Leclerc 5)

Vettel took his first podium finish of the season after Ferrari had invoked team orders. Leclerc had got ahead at the start, with both together on the second row, but let Vettel through on lap 11. Both made two stops.

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RED BULL (Max Verstappen 4, Pierre Gasly 6)

Gasly gained an extra point with the fastest lap set at the end. Verstappen battled with Vettel for third place after the first stop but could not make the move stick. He did get ahead of Leclerc in the pitstops.

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RENAULT (Daniel Ricciardo 7, Nico Hulkenberg retired)

Ricciardo, doing a one-stop strategy and starting seventh, took his first points since joining Renault from Red Bull. Hulkenberg retired on lap 16 just after his pitstop with a suspected motor generator (MGU-K) problem.

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ALFA ROMEO (Kimi Raikkonen 9, Antonio Giovinazzi 15)

Raikkonen continued to keep Alfa in the points, scoring in all three races so far while team mate Giovinazzi still has none. The former Sauber team are level on points with Renault, behind only on placings. Alfa won the first championship race in 1950 and have now scored points 1,000 races apart. Giovinazzi started at the back of the grid after qualifying problems.

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HAAS (Romain Grosjean 11, Kevin Magnussen 13)

No points for Haas for the second race in a row. Grosjean had started 10th, did two stops and finished just over a second behind Toro Rosso’s one-stopper Albon. Magnussen was ninth on the grid. Haas are level with McLaren on eight points.

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MCLAREN (Carlos Sainz 14, Lando Norris 18)

No points for the former champions, whose cars were damaged on the opening lap in a collision with Toro Rosso’s Kvyat. Sainz continued to the end while Norris retired but was still classified.

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RACING POINT (Sergio Perez 8, Lance Stroll 12)

Perez, on a one-stop strategy, came under pressure from Raikkonen but held on. Stroll did two stops but missed out to Albon in the end. Racing Point have scored in every race so far and are moving up, now only a point behind McLaren and Haas.

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TORO ROSSO (Alexander Albon 10, Daniil Kvyat retired)

Albon started in the pit lane after a crash in final practice meant he could not participate in qualifying. Kvyat should also have made it into the points, after starting 11th, but collected a drive-through penalty for the opening lap collision with the McLaren drivers.

Formula One F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China - April 14, 2019 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton celebrates winning the race REUTERS/Thomas Peter

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WILLIAMS (George Russell 16, Robert Kubica 17)

Williams are still racing on their own with a car well off the pace of the rest, but they felt they had started to close the gap at least. Kubica said his most exciting moment was a spin on the formation lap.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin, editing by Toby Davis

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