Fellow Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas leads the way by one point after two races

Lewis Hamilton has arrived in Shanghai looking to win the Chinese Grand Prix as Formula One celebrates its 1000th race.

The Brit heads into the race second in the standings after two races, one point behind Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas.

The 34-year-old will approach the third race of the season in buoyant mood, having claimed victory last time out in Bahrain thanks to leader Charles Leclerc's late engine failure.

British driver Lewis Hamilton walks in the paddock ahead of the F1 Chinese Grand Prix

Hamilton appeared to be in buoyant mood in Shanghai ahead of the third race of the calendar

Hamilton overcame an eight-second deficit after the Monegasque driver's system malfunctioned, taking the lead with just nine laps to go.

Leclerc was not the only Ferrari driver to suffer in Sakhir as Sebastian Vettel shattered his front wing after spinning his car.

However, former World Champion Nico Rosberg has backed the German to recover from his recent slump, saying: 'It is just a phase that Sebastian is going through,It is one that all sportspersons have to deal with where things don't always go to plan.

Hamilton won the Bahrain Grand Prix after capitalising on Charles Leclerc's late system failure

'You need to find your way out of that phase, and Sebastian is a four-time world champion, so I am sure he will be able to manage that.

'He needs to get into a positive spiral again, and all it takes in Formula One is just one good race, so if he wins in China, then off he'll go.'

The Shanghai circuit will prove a fitting venue to host F1's 1000th race with its modern location, circuit facilities and track design showing how far the sport has come since racing at Silverstone - a disused airfield at the time - in the world championship's opening race in 1950.

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