Lewis Hamilton was sent a congratulatory message by Valtteri Bottas
Hamilton delivered an emphatic response following his defeat to Sebastian Vettel at the season-opener to lead every lap and claim his first victory of the new campaign.
The triple world champion held his nerve and delivered a flawless display in the tricky wet-dry conditions to record his fifth victory at the Shanghai International Circuit.
That moved him level on points with Vettel, who crossed the line in second place.
Hamilton's team-mate Bottas finished a disappointing sixth but he found it in him to congratulate his new team-mate on Twitter.
Everyone @MercedesAMGF1 team has done amazing job getting back to winning! Congrats Lewis for the win! Confident my results will come soon ��
— Valtteri Bottas (@ValtteriBottas) April 10, 2017
He wrote: "Everyone @MercedesAMGF1 team has done amazing job getting back to winning!
"Congrats Lewis for the win! Confident my results will come soon."
Mercedes are locked in a direct battle with Vettel's Ferrari team following three years of domination.
But the championship momentum now rests with Hamilton ahead of the second of this back-to-back instalment in Bahrain on Sunday.
Lewis Hamilton celebrates victory at the Chinese Grand Prix Everything you need to know about Valtteri Bottas Tue, January 10, 2017
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Hamilton was hailed by Mercedes boss Toto Wolff after win, who said: "Lewis, on his day, is in a different league.
"On a difficult day and difficult conditions there's nobody else I'd rather have in the car.
"He was managing the pace in the right way, our strategy was spot-on and, on an afternoon when there was lots of scope for making mistakes, he didn't put a foot wrong.
"It's now 1-1 for us against Ferrari and the development race is on. This is just the beginning."
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