Formula 1 2019 Chinese Grand Prix

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2019-04-14
3
Shanghai International Circuit
Lewis Hamilton HAM
Valtteri Bottas BOT
Pierre Gasly
lap 55 - 1:34.742
GAS

The 2019 Chinese Grand Prix was won by Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.
Despite being on pole position in China, Valtteri Bottas could not convert this into a win.

The race in China was round 3 of 21 of the 2019 season.

weather conditions

Weather conditions at 14 April 2019 06:10 GMT (raceday).

Breezy and Overcast
66.04°F
45%
15.44 mph
33°
 

results

# driver constructor laps time points
1 56 1:32:06.350 25
2 56 +6.552 18
3 56 +13.774 15
4 56 +27.627 12
5 56 +31.276 10
6 56 +1:29.307 9
7 55 +1 Lap 6
8 55 +1 Lap 4
9 55 +1 Lap 2
10 55 +1 Lap 1
11 55 +1 Lap 0
12 55 +1 Lap 0
13 55 +1 Lap 0
14 55 +1 Lap 0
15 55 +1 Lap 0
16 54 +2 Laps 0
17 54 +2 Laps 0
18 50 Collision 0
41 Collision 0
16 Power Unit 0

grid

# driver constructor time
1 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:31.000
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes +0.000
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari +0.000
4 Charles Leclerc Ferrari +0.000
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull +1.000
6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull +1.000
7 Daniel Ricciardo Renault +1.000
8 Nico Hülkenberg Renault +1.000
9 Kevin Magnussen Haas F1 Team +2.000
10 Romain Grosjean Haas F1 Team +2.000
11 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso +2.000
12 Sergio Pérez Racing Point +2.000
13 Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo +2.000
14 Carlos Sainz McLaren +2.000
15 Lando Norris McLaren +2.000
16 Lance Stroll Racing Point +3.000
17 George Russell Williams +4.000
18 Robert Kubica Williams +4.000

driver positions through the laps

2019 Chinese Grand Prix

The 2019 FIA Formula One World Championship is a planned motor racing championship for Formula One cars which would be the 70th running of the Formula One World Championship. It is recognised by the governing body of international motorsport, the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA), as the highest class of competition for open-wheel racing cars. The championship is due to be contested over a number of Grands Prix held in different countries throughout the world. Drivers are scheduled to compete for the title of World Drivers' Champion, and teams for the World Constructors' Champion. The 2019 championship is also scheduled to see the running of the 1000th World Championship race, in China.Lewis Hamilton is the defending World Drivers' Champion, after winning his fifth championship title at the 2018 Mexican Grand Prix. Mercedes are the defending World Constructors' Champions, after winning their fifth consecutive championship at the 2018 Brazilian Grand Prix.


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Two weeks after Leclerc was robbed of Bahrain GP victory due to a mechanical issue, in China he was ordered to let Vettel past early on. That forced Ferrari to try to clarify its team orders stance after the race – not the first time this season it has ended up having to do so.<br>Ben Anderson and Jake Boxall-Legge join Glenn Freeman to debate the team’s management of its drivers so far this ...

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Leclerc was told to let teammate Sebastian Vettel past on lap 11 of the race, having got ahead of the four-time world champion at the start.<br>It was the third time in three races a team order has been issued to Leclerc.<br>He asked if he could attack Vettel late on in Australia and was told to hold position, and then ignored a command to stay behind Vettel in Bahrain, where he passed Vettel for ...

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Mercedes opted to give both drivers a second pitstop on lap 36 after Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel had pitted over the preceding two laps.<br>The Brackley team had to respond, knowing that Bottas was more vulnerable to being jumped, and that pitting him first might have unfairly disadvantaged race leader Hamilton. The decision was thus taken to double-stack them.<br>Bottas realised that ...

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Unlike rivals Haas, the Hinwil team had chosen not to take the new spec of control electronics offered by Ferrari after the problem suffered by Charles Leclerc during the Bahrain GP, and opted to stick with the first version. <br>On Saturday, Antonio Giovinazzi's qualifying session was ruined by a recurrence of the issue suffered by Leclerc, and the Italian was given a fresh example of the old ...

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Ricciardo was one of five top 10 qualifiers obliged to start on the soft tyre after using it in Q2, along with Pierre Gasly, Nico Hulkenberg, Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.<br>Knowing that Gasly would be out of reach on pure performance, Renault decided to put Ricciardo on a one-stop strategy in order to protect him from those who started from outside the top on the more favourable medium ...

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The Italian team has taken a different aerodynamic approach to Mercedes, adopting a lower-drag philosophy compared to its rival in addition to divergence over front-wing concepts following the new-for-2019 aero rules.<br>That has translated into a straightline speed advantage for Ferrari, but its balance has suffered through the corners and Mercedes has swept to a trio of one-two finishes at the ...

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Early in the Chinese Grand Prix, Ferrari told Charles Leclerc to move aside for Sebastian Vettel, who the team has named its default leader in its quest for a first title since 2008.<br>Ferrari did so because Leclerc seemed to be struggling more with his tyres than Vettel, who the team wanted to release to try to keep pace with the dominant Mercedes duo out front.<br>Wolff said: "That's a tricky ...

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Competing in only his third Grand Prix, the Anglo-Thai racer completed a comeback drive that belied his lack of experience.<br>His free practice three session ended with a crash in the barrier on the exit of the final corner, which ruled him out of qualifying. His rebuilt Toro Rosso had a change of survival cell, which meant he had to start the race from the pit lane.<br>Deploying a one-stop ...

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The F1 rookie crashed his Toro Rosso in final practice and missed qualifying because his team had to change his survival cell, consigning him to a pitlane start.<br>However, he pulled off a one-stop strategy to rise to 10th and bag his second point in a row, fending off the Haas of Romain Grosjean late on.<br>Asked who told him he had been named driver of the day, Albon said: "My trainer. I was ...

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Kvyat had first-lap contact with the McLarens of both Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris, causing both drivers to pit for new front wings.<br>Kvyat himself initially continued without making an extra stop, but he was assessed a drive-through penalty and given two penalty points on his licence.<br>The stewards noted that he had "lost control of his car at the exit of turn 6 and hit the cars to his left ...

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The team believes that the German's retirement was brought about by a software glitch that can be resolved without any need for modified hardware.<br>Renault was forced to produce a new spec MGU-K after McLaren’s Carlos Sainz suffered a failure in the Australian GP.<br>The Spaniard had the new unit for Bahrain, but the works team stuck with the original version, only to suffer a costly double ...

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The Pole has finished as last of the runners in each of the three races since his return to the sport, winding up over 16 seconds behind teammate George Russell in the Shanghai event - despite an extra pitstop for the latter.<br>Kubica feels long-run pace was one of his strongest points during testing last year, and admits he is baffled as to why he is unable to match his teammate on Sunday.<br>"I ...

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Leclerc ran third in the opening stages of the race but was told to let Vettel through early on and then dropped behind Max Verstappen when the Red Bull pitted earlier.<br>He ran behind Verstappen throughout the second stint, which Ferrari extended so much that by the time he stopped for fresh tyres he was too far behind Verstappen to try to fight back at the end.<br>Speaking to Sky Sports F1 ...

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Vettel's teammate Charles Leclerc had overtaken the German for third place at the start, but was unable to keep pace with the leading Mercedes cars ahead.<br>Ferrari soon made the decision to move Vettel ahead of the Monegasque, which Leclerc complied with on the 11th lap despite seemingly objecting to the call on the team radio.<br>But Vettel could not make any inroads on the Mercedes duo either ...

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Sainz and teammate Lando Norris were consigned to running at the back of the field in damaged cars after tangling with Kvyat's Toro Rosso at Turn 6 on the first lap.<br>Kvyat was blamed by the stewards and given a drive-through penalty. Both he and Norris eventually retired, while Sainz recovered to 14th.<br>"We were just all fighting in Turn 6, and at the exit of the corner I think someone didn't ...

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The Finn came home right behind seventh-placed Daniel Ricciardo and eighth-placed Sergio Perez in Shanghai to claim the ninth spot.<br>But he reckons he would have had a chance of overhauling the pair of them if he had not lost temperature in his rubber in the closing stages.<br>Speaking to Motorsport.com, Raikkonen said that his Alfa Romeo felt strong on race pace as he pushed through the field ...

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Verstappen was the first leading driver to pit and his pace on fresh tyres allowed him to attack Vettel when the Ferrari stopped one lap later.<br><br>Read Also:<br><br>Chinese GP: Hamilton leads third consecutive Mercedes 1-2 <br><br><br>The Red Bull driver dived inside Vettel at the hairpin but had a small lock-up, which allowed Vettel to get back past on the exit of the turn keep ahead as ...

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The Finn made an initially good getaway from his pole position slot but a bit of wheelspin during the acceleration phase cost him valuable momentum and allowed teammate Lewis Hamilton to sneak ahead on the run to the first corner.<br>Trapped in Hamilton's dirty air without a big pace advantage, Bottas was unable to challenge his teammate as he eventually came home second.<br>Speaking after the ...

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Hamilton hooked up more cleanly away from the start and nosed into Turn 1 first ahead of pole-sitting Bottas, while Charles Leclerc went by his Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel to claim third place.<br>As the midfielders squeezed through the Turn 6 hairpin Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat caught a brief rear-end twitch, bouncing off Carlos Sainz's McLaren and then interlocking wheels with Sainz's ...

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Following McLaren’s return to the Indianapolis 500 with Fernando Alonso as part of the Andretti Autosport team in 2017, McLaren and Alonso are heading back to IMS this year with an independent project, albeit in a relationship with sophomore IndyCar squad Carlin Racing which will see an exchange of data and feedback.<br>Attending the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach to compete in one of the ...

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Raikkonen said ahead of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix that F1 feels more like a hobby for him since his switch from Ferrari to Alfa.<br>Vasseur explained that the 2007 world champion feels happy and motivated in an environment with high expectations but less pressure than its famous Italian engine supplier.<br>The Alfa chief said Raikkonen was able to switch off and relax when necessary but ...

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Both Sainz and his teammate Lando Norris showed well in Friday's second 90-minute practice session but even this came as a surprise, and come qualifying neither driver made it through to the top-10 shootout. <br>The team had appeared to be on an upward trajectory after four particularly miserable seasons, but the characteristics of the Shanghai International Circuit punished shortcomings in the ...

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Following Leclerc's failure, which cost him victory at Sakhir, both Ferraris and both Haas entries were fitted with a new specification control electronics unit offered by Ferrari for China.<br>However, due to time constraints in adapting the cars to a different installation, Alfa Romeo chose not to take the new units for China.<br>Giovinazzi lost a cylinder at the start of his first flying lap in ...

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Raikkonen reported a power loss on the radio during Q2, but the team says his unexpected drop in top speed was due to a gust of wind, and not a technical issue.<br>But team boss Frederic Vasseur says it was not an excuse for the Finn's failure to get into Q3 for the first time in 2019.<br>"It was not a loss of power, it was a loss of top speed," team boss Frederic Vasseur told ...

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The Brackley-based outfit appeared in Shanghai with a modified front wing, which featured a different cut endplate to produce a curved trailing edge.<br>The aim of this was to help open up the space between the wing and the front tyre to help improve the outwash effect.<br>But following discussions with the FIA, and a physical inspection from head of single seater technical matter Nikolas ...

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The Toro Rosso rookie missed qualifying at the Shanghai circuit after running slightly wide exiting the final corner, losing control of his car and spearing into the barrier before the pitwall begins.<br>Honda has confirmed the engine will not be used in the car Toro Rosso is building around a new monocoque.<br>"We are all relieved that Alex is fine after his FP3 crash," said Honda F1 technical ...

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Fresh off his stellar performance in Bahrain, Leclerc trailed Vettel in all three practice sessions before qualifying fourth on the grid, 0.017s back from his German teammate.<br>The Ferrari newcomer was audibly disheartened after crossing the start-finish line on his decisive lap in Q3, raising his voice on the team radio and repeatedly calling himself “f***ing stupid”.<br>Speaking after the ...

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Red Bull's Verstappen was left furious after failing to cross the start/finish line in time to complete his final flying lap in Q3 after being overtaken by the Ferrari driver, as well as Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo.<br>The Dutchman argued drivers have an unwritten rule to not overtake each other during the warm-up lap, and claimed his rivals had "f****d up my entire ...

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Verstappen was overtaken by Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari and both Renault drivers between the last two corners of the Shanghai circuit as a queue of cars prepared for their final flying laps in the top-10 shoot-out. <br>This prevented him from starting a lap in time before the session ended and prompted him to block Gasly as his new teammate tried to overtake him into the final corner as ...

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After Ferrari had the upper hand on pure pace in Bahrain, Vettel led the way in the opening practice session at the Shanghai circuit – but Mercedes has had the upper hand since.<br>Vettel ended up qualifying third behind an all-Mercedes front row, trailing pole-sitter Valtteri Bottas by 0.301s.<br>Asked about the gap after qualifying, Vettel said: “It’s too big. We’d like it to be the ...

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Hamilton trailed Bottas by 0.8s in Friday practice and on Saturday, but jumped ahead in Q2 before being edged by the championship-leading Finn by 0.023s when it counted.<br>Five-time world champion Hamilton said the car "hasn't improved" through qualifying because he needed to work out ways to get more out of it himself.<br>"I was struggling with the car throughout yesterday and today going into ...

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With a host of drivers having left it until the dying moments of the session to begin their Q3 runs, Verstappen missed out on getting across the line by less than two seconds after a number of drivers overtook him before the final corner and backed him up.<br>Sebastian Vettel passed him around the outside of the hairpin, before the Renault duo of Nico Hulkenberg and Daniel Ricciardo also shot past ...

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The Finn pipped Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton to top spot by just 23 thousandths of a second, with the lead Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel three tenths down.<br>Bottas held the advantage through much of qualifying, although Hamilton did set the pace in Q2 thanks to having a second run on medium Pirellis.<br>Vettel beat Ferrari teammate Charles Leclerc to third by 0.017s, the duo jumping ahead of ...

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It was Albon’s second crash of the season after his FP1 shunt in Australia, and his team boss Franz Tost has urged him to put it behind him and learn a lesson from it.<br>Albon ran wide at the exit of the final corner and had a heavy impact with the barrier on the right, badly damaging the left-hand side of the car and triggering a red flag that ended the session prematurely.<br>With the chassis ...

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Practice was red-flagged with five minutes remaining when Alexander Albon ran wide at the exit of the final corner and smote his Toro Rosso against the barrier.<br>Honours were split in Friday practice as Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel went fastest in the first session and Bottas topped the second, while analysis of long-run times suggested the teams were closely matched on potential race ...

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Speaking at a PR event organised by Shell in the build-up to the Chinese GP, Leclerc was optimistic about Ferrari’s form at a track which features one of the longest straights on the F1 calendar, measuring 1.1km.<br>“Hopefully we will continue our competitiveness from Bahrain. After the analysis from that race we were very quick on the straights and we want to maintain that advantage,” said ...

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Racing Point has employed the complete Mercedes powertrain – engine and gearbox – as well as hydraulics since 2009, and it is shortly to move its aerodynamic operations into the Mercedes wind tunnel. For the past several years it has used the Toyota facility in Cologne.<br>But Wolff dismissed suggestions that Racing Point was in effect becoming a Mercedes affiliate in the same way that Haas ...

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The 2007 world champion has joined Alfa, which is run by the Sauber organisation that gave the Finn his F1 debut back in 2001, after Ferrari opted to replace him with rising star Charles Leclerc.<br>Raikkonen has appeared more relaxed since his Ferrari exit was confirmed in the second half of 2018, and has enjoyed the less political situation in his new team.<br>Asked how he stays motivated as he ...

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