Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday, edging out Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg for the victory.
The one-two finish by Hamilton and Rosberg marks the third consecutive Formula One race in which Mercedes has captured the top two positions. The duo also finished one-two at the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix earlier this month.
The day was not without incident, however. The checkered flag was accidentally waved before the race’s 56 laps were concluded, leading to the race only being considered a 54-lap event when the final results were calculated. Hamilton told reporters he was shocked (but undeterred) by the error:
“That was very strange. I was thinking ‘Am I seeing things?’
“I looked up, I was coming across the line expecting to do another lap and all of a sudden I looked for a split second and I saw the flag, I lifted for a second and I saw there was no-one on the wall, so then I just kept going.”
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, winner of the last four Formula One world titles, finished in fifth.