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Lewis Hamilton on pole and feeling 'great'

Lewis Hamilton feels "a nice, calm approach" and a "beast" of a car has helped him become master of qualifying so far thisFormula One season.

Hamilton is feeling 'great' and why shouldn't he be? Credit: Reuters

After being out-qualified 11-7 by Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg last year, the reigning champion has moved up a gear this term.

Under the myriad of lights at the Bahrain International Circuit, no-one could hold a candle to Hamilton as he grabbed the 42nd pole of his F1 career.

"I feel great, very happy," Hamilton said.

Coming into the weekend the target was to master this track, to get the car into an area I'd be comfortable with, and that generally is how the weekend has gone.

I'm really grateful to have this beast under me, to be able to really attack the corners, whereas last year I wasn't comfortable with the car, so it's a great feeling.

– Lewis Hamilton

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Lewis Hamilton criticised for spraying hostess in face

Lewis Hamilton has come under fire for spraying a hostess in the face with champagne at the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday.

Hamilton celebrates his Chinese GP win by spraying a hostess with bubbly. Credit: Reuters

The Mercedes driver celebrated his second victory of the season by popping open the bubbly and directing it at the lady's face.

Roz Hardie, the Chief Executive of 'Object', a group who campaign to eradicate sexism in the media, said:

"Lewis Hamilton should apologise for his actions and think carefully about how he behaves in the future. For most people, it would be apparent that she is not enjoying it."

It's not the first time Hamilton has failed to 'stick a cork in it' on the podium following a race win, having sprayed a hostess in the face after victory in Spain back in May 2014.

Rosberg: Talks with Hamilton were intense

Rosberg was not happy with Hamilton. Credit: PA

Nico Rosberg has revealed "very intense" discussions followed his Chinese Grand Prix furore with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton.

Hamilton spearheaded a Mercedes one-two at the Shanghai International Circuit on Sunday, claiming his fourth Chinese Grand Prix victory and the 35th overall of his Formula One career.

But what appeared a routine performance from Mercedes took on a fresh complexion when Rosberg later bemoaned Hamilton's tactics.

With Hamilton attempting to preserve his soft tyres during the middle stint of the race it led to Rosberg falling into the grasp of Sebastian Vettel chasing behind in his Ferrari.

Yet following the team's debrief, Mercedes motorsport boss Toto Wolff confirmed Hamilton was completely exonerated of any blame.

Answering questions from fans in a post-race video blog, one accused Rosberg of "crying", to which he replied: "You said I was crying? I respect your opinion.

"I'll keep it in mind and try to show respect when it is due."

"It was very intense after the race, but we had a very good sit-down and a good discussion," assessed Rosberg.

"There was a lot of constructive criticism and now for everyone it is a thing of the past. We move on to Bahrain."

Hamilton on pole in China again

Lewis Hamilton: on pole in China again. Credit: PA Wire

Lewis Hamilton's love of the Shanghai International Circuit continues to show no bounds as the reigning Formula One champion again claimed pole position for the China GP.

Hamilton now has a record five poles to his name at the track, and three in succession, to take his tally to 41 overall in his career.

The 30-year-old Briton finished just 0.042secs ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to give the team another front-row lock out.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, a surprise winner last time out in Malaysia, will start third, albeit down by nine tenths of a second on Hamilton.

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Man arrested after running across Formula One track

A spectator has been arrested in Shanghai after running across the start-finish straight as cars were speeding down during a Formula One free practice session.

The man was arrested after dashing across the track during the practise session. Credit: Sky Sports

The man crossed over safely and hopped over a wall into the pitlane before being apprehended by track officials. Eye witnesses claim he ran into Ferrari's garage demanding to test one of their cars.

Lewis Hamilton fended off Kimi Raikkonen to claim the bragging rights over his rivals in the practice session but the Finn's Ferrari showed enough pace to worry Mercedes.

"Generally the car was feeling good and it was nice to get the running and the preparations. Hopefully that will stand me in good stead," Hamilton told the BBC.

"The Ferraris look like they were as quick as they were in Malaysia, but hopefully we're quicker."

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