Lewis Hamilton ensured Formula One's 1,000th world championship race was one to celebrate for the Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport Team. Lewis led from lights to flag in Shanghai, while his Silver Arrows teammate Valtteri Bottas finished second to complete a memorable double podium finish for the team.
In fact, it was only the second time a team had dominated the opening three races of a season; the last team were Williams in 1992, who went on to clinch both the constructors and drivers' titles. It was Lewis's own landmark too, the 75th victory of his F1 career, as he reflected on the team's stellar start to the campaign, despite seeing Ferrari emerge as the pre-season favourites.
Lewis said: "I was just thinking how delicious that was. It really has been an interesting first three races. We, as a team, definitely didn't expect to have three one-twos, but now I'm proud to have been part of the work that everyone has done and to be a part of these results.
"Valtteri has really stepped up this year and done an exceptional job, so we're both delivering on the weekends. The first few races have been difficult for me off the line, so it's nice to finally kind of redeem myself and rectify that. Naturally the next 18 races can still be up and down -- just have to keep working at it."
Valtteri, who had taken pole position the previous day, said he was sure his slow getaway was caused by wheel-spinning on the while lines painted on the track. He added: "Lewis had a better start and for me, the problem was already on the formation lap start. There was a thick white line just in front of my grid box, so, when you're still accelerating, and when I went over the white line I got some wheel-spin. For the race start, I thought maybe it's going to be better with warmer tyres but it wasn't, so once I hit the white line, got the wheel-spin, took too long to recover it, lost a few metres of distance, so Lewis got me. That's how it goes sometimes.”