Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton with two fingers in the nose of the Grand prix of China was won. The Briton took the start, the leadership of Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas, and was thereafter never in danger. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull) were third and fourth, Hamilton is winning the new world CHAMPIONSHIP leader.
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The 1,000 th F1 race from history promised in advance of the spectacle, because the circuit in Shanghai had the past number of years, more often for phenomenal races taken care of. The Grand prix of China bare this time, however, a mouse. Valtteri Bottas went from pole position, but lost his leadership position immediately to world champion Hamilton. The ferraris followed, with Charles Leclerc as the first: the young Monegask devoured team-mate Sebastian Vettel at the start. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) followed as the fifth.
Teamorders at Ferrari
In the back was just as wrong by a collision between Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso) and the two mclaren’s of Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris. Front reason the two Mercedes’ smooth away from the competition. In the main rival of Ferrari appeared to be in the early stages not served with the order of their two riders: Charles Leclerc, after barely 11 rounds all orders to team-mate Vettel to pass. Remarkable.
It was Max Verstappen that the debates opened by the first pit stop in lap 17. Vettel followed a lap later and got the young Dutchman right behind him. Verstappen tried it in the hairpin after the longest straight, but Vettel did not pass. After round 22, Charles Leclerc as the last of the racers in for its pit stop: the Monegask came back out as a fifth, but less than 10 seconds behind Verstappen.
Leclerc the big loser
In the second half of the race there was not much more to see at the Shanghai International Circuit, there was a second series of pit stops. This showed Leclerc again the big loser: he was by his team for much longer buitengehouden than the competition, and was after his last pit stop again on place five, far behind numbers three and four, Vettel and Verstappen.
All the way in the front reason the two Mercedes’ in all the rest of the race. Lewis Hamilton won for the second time in a row for Valtteri Bottas, while Sebastian Vettel for the first time this year on the podium if. Max Verstappen finished on an impressive fourth album for Charles Leclerc.
Hamilton new world cup leader
Behind the top five, yawned a huge hole to Pierre Gasly, who is once again a weak race knew but this time to find a place and ended where you would expect – although almost one minute behind Leclerc. Gasly made a late pit stop for soft tyres and could have the fastest lap of the race driving, good for an extra world CHAMPIONSHIP point. Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), Sergio Pérez (Force India), Kimi Räikkönen (Alfa Romeo) and Alexander Albon (Toro Rosso) completed the top ten.
In the world CHAMPIONSHIP is Lewis Hamilton the new leader with 68 points. Valtteri Bottas follows as second with 62 points. The gap to the rest of the field after three races are already huge: number three, Max Verstappen still has “only” 39 points. Vettel is fourth with 37 units, Leclerc fifth with 36.
The next race of the season is on Sunday april 28 in Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan.