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Hamilton extends lead in Shanghai

McLaren's Lewis Hamilton extended his F1 lead to seven points after winning the Chinese Grand prix in Shanghai.

Ferrari's Felipe Massa came second and he now trails Hamilton by seven points. I don't think its over yet for Massa but he has to win the last race or come second and hope that Hamilton finishes as low as seventh or eighth depending on whether he is first or second.

Third place will not help him because that will mean just six points when he needs seven to equal Hamilton's tally.

The Chinese race was not as dramatic or as controversial as the two previous races but Hamilton did enough to make sure he stayed in front of the two Ferrari cars chasing him throughout the race.

Kimi Raikkonen took the last podium place although he was second for most of the race and I think he would have finished second was it not for the fact that it was better for Massa to finish second instead and score two extra points.

After winning the last two races Renault's Fernando Alonso finished fourth and I think this was a good result for him and gives him hope for next season if the car can just improve a little bit.

It was a good race overall for Renault as Nelson Piquet took the last points place denying Toro Rosso any points in a race for the first time since Valencia.

Fifth and sixth places went to BMW Sauber's Nick Heidfeld and Robert Kubica respectively. With that sixth place Kubica's challenge for the title is now finished.

Toyota's Timo Glock came seventh and I think that maybe compensated for the other Toyota driver Jarno Trulli who was the first to retire from the race.

I thought Mark Webber was going to finish in the points when he qualified sixth but that he only managed fourteenth well away from the points places.

So its one more race to go and I wonder whether Massa take the championship before his home crowd or maybe Hamilton will take the title and be the youngest champion ever. Interlagos will have the answers in a fortnight's time.

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