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Lewis Hamilton led from the start to take Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix and move closer to the Formula One title.

The Briton, who at 23 would become F1's youngest champ, finished 14.9 seconds ahead of Felipe Massa, who took second when Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen let him pass late. Hamilton leads Massa by seven points with one race left, the Brazilian Grand Prix on Nov. 2.

The only way Massa takes the title is by winning in Brazil and Hamilton finishing seventh or worse, or finishing second and Hamilton ninth or worse.

"It might be another step toward my dream, but we've still got to keep calm and keep our heads," Hamilton said. "I just hope we can pull through."

Last year Hamilton led Raikkonen by seven points entering the last race. But a botched pass and gearbox trouble left him seventh, handing the title to the Finn.

"We are in a tough position, but we know anything can happen," Massa said. "We need to keep our heads up. It's not finished yet.

"I feel a bit as though I'm in a penalty shootout in the football World Cup finals. We have missed the first two shots while the other team has scored. And therefore, we cannot make any more mistakes and hope that they make three."

Late Saturday

Le Mans: Marco Werner and Lucas Luhr won the Monterey Sports Car Championships by 1.941 seconds over fellow Audi drivers Emanuele Pirro and Christijan Albers in Monterey, Calif., to take the overall title.