Hamilton astonished by Mercedes pace after China win

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Lewis Hamilton has spoken of his delight after winning today’s Chinese Grand Prix with a peerless lights-to-flag victory that marked his third straight win.

The British driver led every lap of the race after starting from pole position, and ultimately finished over 18 seconds ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg. This hat-trick of wins is the first in Hamilton’s Formula 1 career, and he made no secret of his happiness on the podium after the race.

“I really couldn’t do all this without the hard work of the team, I mean it’s incredible,” Hamilton said. “Honestly I can’t believe how amazing the car is, and how hard everyone has worked.

“The results we’re getting is a real true showing of all the hard work we’ve done.”

However, Hamilton has not had it all his own way this weekend. After free practice two on Friday, his team had to make a number of changes to the car after he felt uncomfortable driving it, but it soon came together as he dominated proceedings today.

“Surprisingly, after P2 I had to make a lot of changes in anticipation for today even though yesterday was wet,” he said. “It worked perfectly and I was able to look after the tires, and after that it was just really racing myself.I did lose a lot of time after the first stop, but it was great.”

With Rosberg in second, the result marks Mercedes’ third straight one-two finish, and Hamilton was pleased for his teammate despite there being some signs of tension between the two sides of the garage this weekend.

“I’m really happy Nico is up here with us, it’s great points for the team, and they really deserve it,” he said.

Hamilton still trails Rosberg by four points in the drivers’ championship, but with three wins on the bounce, he undoubtedly has the momentum heading to the start of the European season in Spain.

Dutch Grand Prix becomes fourth Formula 1 race canceled this season

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ZANDVOORT, Netherlands — The Dutch Grand Prix became the fourth Formula One race canceled this season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, after organizers decided Thursday they didn’t want to play host to an event without spectators.

It was to be the first Dutch GP since 1985, but F1 wants to start the season with no spectators at races.

“We would like to celebrate this moment, the return of Formula 1 in Zandvoort, together with our racing fans in the Netherlands,” race director Jan Lammers said in a statement. “We ask everyone to be patient. I had to look forward to it for 35 years, so I can wait another year.”

The race in Zandvoort was set for May 3 and initially postponed. Fans who bought tickets can use them next year.

The coastal circuit has been redesigned, with some corners banked to facilitate faster racing.

The other races canceled this year were the season-opening Australian GP on March 15; the Monaco GP on May 24; and the French GP on June 28.

Another six have been postponed.

F1 organizers still hope to reschedule those and hold 15 to 18 races this season, starting in July with back-to-back races at the Austrian GP.