A hat-trick of third place finishes for Lewis Hamilton after Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix has put the McLaren star top in the drivers' championship and the Brit remains BetVictor's 7/4 favourite to regain the world title after Nico Rosberg's brilliant win for Mercedes in Shanghai.

The German's win was rather overdue given it was his 111th start at the pinnacle of the sport, although it should be remembered that Jenson Button took two more races to land his first F1 victory.

Mercedes were very competitive in qualifying and during the race in China and it could well have been a Mercedes one-two were it not for the c**k-up with one of Michael Schumacher's tyres in the first pit stop.

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While Hamilton was disappointed with his podium finishes from pole in Australia and Malaysia, he was happier with his third in Shanghai, given the five-place grid penalty he picked up for a gearbox change, something that meant he had to start seventh on the grid rather than second.

Button, who won in Australia, meanwhile, may have challenged Rosberg for the victory had it not been for a delay with a left-rear wheel nut on his final pit stop and who knows how close he would have got to the young German with a clear run...?

Sebastian Vettel's tyres gave way on the final laps enabling Hamilton and the German's team-mate Mark Webber to overtake, but Red Bull won't be too disappointed with the event and expect a better show in the heat of Bahrain this coming weekend. The current Champion has ground to make up on the McLaren pair and is out to 6/1 to retain his title.

It was a poor race for Ferrari after Alonso's virtuoso drive in the rain in Malaysia and it could be a long season for the team despite having that early success under their belt. The Spanish star is 14/1 to regain his world title despite currently lying in third place in the drivers' championship.

For this weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, in terms of who might win, BetVictor bet:

Jenson Button 5/2
Lewis Hamilton 5/2
Nico Rosberg 6/1
Michael Schumacher 15/2
Sebastian Vettel 10/1
Mark Webber 14/1
Fernando Alonso 16/1

To check out the complete odds for Bahrain or to place your bet, visit BetVictor.com.

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