Hamilton wins uneventful #Race1000 in China

Amidst a great build-up of expectations for the #Race1000, it turned out to be a rather parade-ish, ‘ish’ only because midfield did provide some action and there was a one-off contest between Max and Sebastien Vettel.

5 time world champion, Lewis Hamilton took victory after making a better start when the lights went out. Bottas tucked behind in second with Ferrari drivers behind them. Ferrari managed to screw Charles Leclerc’s race with some questionable strategy calls but were never anywhere near the Mercedes duo to challenge them. Pierre Gasly managed to get the reward for the fastest lap.

In my view, the highlight of the race has to be Alexandor Albon’s performance and team strategy. He started from the pit lane because of his heavy accident in FP3 session yesterday and couldn’t participate in the qualifying. He finished P10 which can only be described as a stellar drive. Kimi Raikkonen with all his experience managed to gain 4 place to finish P9. Haas had disappointing race pace and couldn’t manage to get in the points. Hulkenberg had to retire for some engine issues while Daniel Ricciardo finished P7 for his first points of the season. The monkey is off his back finally.

The gap between even the top 3 teams in terms of performance has widened up and Mercedes seem to be running away with the championship after their 3rd consecutive 1-2 finish. Ferrari seems to be continuing their rather substandard strategy calls from last year but to be fair to them, they didn’t really ever had the speed to challenge Mercedes. Certainly better action was expected from #Race1000.

We move on to Azerbaijan next in a fortnight, which has traditionally provided interesting contests and we hope it will continue to do so.

Quaifying report here.

2019 Driver Standings (F1.com)

POSDRIVERNATIONALITYCARPTS
1Lewis HamiltonGBRMERCEDES68
2Valtteri BottasFINMERCEDES62
3Max VerstappenNEDRED BULL RACING HONDA39
4Sebastian VettelGERFERRARI37
5Charles LeclercMONFERRARI36
6Pierre GaslyFRARED BULL RACING HONDA13
7Kimi RäikkönenFINALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI12
8Lando NorrisGBRMCLAREN RENAULT8
9Kevin MagnussenDENHAAS FERRARI8
10Nico HulkenbergGERRENAULT6
11Daniel RicciardoAUSRENAULT6
12Sergio PerezMEXRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES5
13Alexander AlbonTHASCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA3
14Lance StrollCANRACING POINT BWT MERCEDES2
15Daniil KvyatRUSSCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA1
16Antonio GiovinazziITAALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI0
17Romain GrosjeanFRAHAAS FERRARI0
18Carlos SainzESPMCLAREN RENAULT0
19George RussellGBRWILLIAMS MERCEDES0
20Robert KubicaPOLWILLIAMS MERCEDES0

2019 Constructor Standings

POSTEAMPTS
1MERCEDES130
2FERRARI73
3RED BULL RACING HONDA52
4RENAULT12
5ALFA ROMEO RACING FERRARI12
6HAAS FERRARI8
7MCLAREN RENAULT8
8RACING POINT BWT MERCEDES7
9SCUDERIA TORO ROSSO HONDA4
10WILLIAMS MERCEDES0

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