Lewis Hamilton wins F1's race 1,000 in China

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Sebastian Vettel was third-fastest for Mercedes' arch-rivals Ferrari for the race in Shanghai, the 1 000th grand prix in Formula One.

Championship leader Valtteri Bottas will start on pole at Shanghai International Circuit, with team-mate Lewis Hamilton - who has five China wins to his name - joining the Finn on the front row.

Hamilton had been out of sorts for much of the weekend, complaining about the set-up of the auto, but a brilliant start saw him claim the lead from team-mate Bottas, who had been on pole.

Ferrari driver Charles Leclerc will not be forced into making "silly comments" over his team's team orders given to him to allow Sebastian Vettel past him in China. The first was in 1950 at Silverstone, the former Second World War airfield in southern England.

"We're seeing massive swings from weekend to weekend, even within one team, and it makes this season really interesting".

"I'm OK, not too bad", Albon said, "More frustrated".

Red Bull opted for a second stop bringing Verstappen in for the medium tyres on lap 35 and Ferrari decided once again to cover him, bringing Vettel in a lap later.

Bottas outqualified Hamilton for the first time this year in Shanghai and Wolff puts his improved form relative to his teammate down to the type of track.

But Leclerc nearly won in Bahrain, and Binotto said the priority is always for Ferrari to win.

"We can see I'm fighting (the car) more and I'm quite aggressive with the way I go on power which doesn't help with this vehicle".

Renault's Daniel Ricciardo took seventh, ahead of Force India's Sergio Perez and Alfa Romeo's Kimi Raikkonen.

Thailand's Alexander Albon did not take part in qualifying after a crash in final practice left his Toro Rosso mechanics with plenty of work to do.

At the Bahrain Grand Prix, Ferrari had the pace advantage over Mercedes, but the Italian team failed to captialise a win with a spin by Vettel and Leclerc suffering an engine issue gifted the Silver Arrows another one-two finish.

The Thai driver, who escaped unhurt, lost control at the exit of the final corner and slammed into the barriers with the mangled auto coming to rest across the start-finish straight in a shower of carbon fibre debris.

"Everyone in front of me is starting with the same byres so we'll see what happens in the race".

"I did a good start and then the first was a bit messy obviously", said Leclerc.

"Then coming into qualification we did some changes, I think I changed the driving quite a lot and [it] was a lot better".

World champion Lewis Hamilton was fourth in the other Mercedes.