It was the first victory of the season for champions Mercedes. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)
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The surprise victory, after teammate Valtteri Bottas suffered a puncture with three laps left while leading, ended a six-race drought for the four-time champion dating back to last October.In a race where the safety car again played a major part, with a series of crashes and smashes, Kimi Raikkonen finished second for Ferrari while Mexican Sergio Perez was third for Force India.Hamilton now has 70 points to Vettel's 66 .Red Bull's Australian Daniel Ricciardo, last year's winner in Baku and also in China two weekends ago, smashed into the back of teammate Max Verstappen in a lap 40 collision that ended the race for both of them.Canadian teenager Lance Stroll, third in Baku last year, finished eighth to give struggling former champions Williams their first points of the year. Only 13 cars finished the race. That kept the safety car out for even longer and when racing resumed Vettel passed Bottas but then ran wide as Hamilton and Raikkonen swept through.
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