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2018 Chinese Grand Prix

2018 Chinese Grand Prix
Race 3 of 21 in the 2018 Formula One World Championship
Layout of the Shanghai International Circuit
Layout of the Shanghai International Circuit
Race details[1]
Date 15 April 2018
Official name Formula 1 2018 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix
Location Shanghai International Circuit, Shanghai, China
Course Permanent racing facility
Course length 5.451 km (3.387 mi)
Distance 56 laps, 305.066 km (189.559 mi)
Pole position
Driver
Ferrari
Time 1:31.095
Fastest lap
Driver
Time 1:35.785 on lap 55
Podium
First
  • Australia
Second Mercedes
Third Ferrari

The 2018 Chinese Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 2018 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix) was a Formula One motor race that took place on 15 April 2018 at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China. The race was the 3rd round of the 2018 FIA Formula One World Championship,[2] and marked the 15th time that the Chinese Grand Prix has been run as a round of the Formula One World Championship.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was the defending race winner.[3]Sebastian Vettel entered the round with a 17-point lead over Hamilton in the World Drivers' Championship. His team, Ferrari, led Mercedes by ten points in the World Constructors' Championship. Vettel qualified on pole position,[4] and in doing so recorded Ferrari's first pole position in China in fourteen years. Daniel Ricciardo won the race ahead of Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Räikkönen.[5] Vettel's championship lead was cut to nine points when he finished in eighth place, the result of contact with Max Verstappen late in the race.

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Practice

Lewis Hamilton was quickest in FP1 and FP2. Sebastian Vettel was quickest in FP3. During FP3, Daniel Ricciardo's turbo failed, requiring a full rebuild.

Qualifying

Daniel Ricciardo's pit crew, still frantically assembling his Red Bull engine and car as qualifying began, were able to get his car out in Q1 with just over three minutes left in the session. With his first and only possible hot lap in Q1, he finished the session in P14. Charles Leclerc, meanwhile, spun his Sauber, and failed to make it out of Q1. Marcus Ericsson was given a 5 place grid penalty for the race, and 3 points on his super license, for ignoring the double yellow flags waved for Leclerc. After qualifying P6 in Bahrain, Pierre Gasly also failed to make it out of Q1.

Ferrari locked out the front row of the grid for the second consecutive race, the first time since 2006 that the team had achieved this feat. Sebastian Vettel qualified on pole position with a time of 1:31.095, a new track record. Mercedes locked out the second row of the grid, and Red Bull the third.

Race

Polesitter Sebastian Vettel got away well at the start, however his team mate Kimi Räikkönen lost positions, being overtaken by Bottas in Turn 1, and then Verstappen a few corners later. Hamilton fell back to 5th, whilst Ricciardo held 6th. After the first pit stops, Bottas managed to undercut Vettel and subsequently overtook Kimi Räikkönen, who had not yet stopped, for the lead, around the outside in Turn 1. After Bottas blocked off Räikkönen, Vettel took advantage to take second place.

On Lap 30, the Toro Rosso cars of Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly collided at the hairpin. Gasly was awarded a 10 second penalty and the debris left on the track resulted in the safety car being brought out. This was a critical turning point for the race, as during the safety car period, both Red Bull cars pitted for fresh tyres on the same lap immediately. Mercedes had an opportunity to bring Hamilton in, but instead left him out to preserve track position. Bottas maintained the lead of the race at the safety car restart. Max Verstappen ran wide on Lap 39 whilst battling with Lewis Hamilton for third place, losing a position to Ricciardo, who had previously overtaken Räikkönen. Both Red Bulls then overtook Hamilton, two laps apart, and then Ricciardo overtook Vettel for P2. On Lap 43, Max Verstappen shunted Sebastian Vettel off the track at the hairpin, resulting in both drivers spinning off the track and Vettel losing positions, due to a damaged floor. Verstappen was awarded a 10 second penalty for the incident. On Lap 45 Ricciardo overtook Bottas for the lead of the race, which he would retain until the chequered flag. On the penultimate lap, Vettel was overtaken by Fernando Alonso meaning he would finish in P8.

Classification

Qualifying

Pos. Car
no.
Driver Constructor Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:32.171 1:32.385 1:31.095 1
2 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 1:32.474 1:32.286 1:31.182 2
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:32.921 1:32.063 1:31.625 3
4 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.283 1:31.914 1:31.675 4
5 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:32.932 1:32.809 1:31.796 5
6 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 1:33.877 1:32.688 1:31.948 6
7 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:33.545 1:32.494 1:32.532 7
8 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 1:33.464 1:32.931 1:32.758 8
9 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1:33.315 1:32.970 1:32.819 9
10 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:33.238 1:32.524 1:32.855 10
11 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:33.359 1:32.986 N/A 11
12 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 1:33.585 1:33.057 N/A 12
13 14 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Renault 1:33.428 1:33.232 N/A 13
14 2 McLaren-Renault 1:33.824 1:33.505 N/A 14
15 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley 1:34.013 1:33.795 N/A 15
16 35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin Williams-Mercedes 1:34.062 N/A N/A 16
17 10 France Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:34.101 N/A N/A 17
18 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 1:34.285 N/A N/A 18
19 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Sauber-Ferrari 1:34.454 N/A N/A 19
20 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 1:34.914 N/A N/A 201
107% time: 1:38.622
Source:[4]
Notes
  • ^1  - Marcus Ericsson was given a five-place grid penalty for ignoring yellow flags during qualifying.

Race

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 56 1:35:36.380 6 25
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 56 +8.894 3 18
3 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Ferrari 56 +9.637 2 15
4 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 56 +16.985 4 12
5 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-TAG Heuer 56 +20.4361 5 10
6 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 56 +21.052 7 8
7 14 Spain Fernando Alonso McLaren-Renault 56 +30.639 13 6
8 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 56 +35.286 1 4
9 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 56 +35.763 9 2
10 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 56 +39.594 11 1
11 31 France Esteban Ocon Force India-Mercedes 56 +44.050 12
12 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Force India-Mercedes 56 +44.725 8
13 2 McLaren-Renault 56 +49.373 14
14 18 Canada Lance Stroll Williams-Mercedes 56 +55.490 18
15 35 Russia Sergey Sirotkin Williams-Mercedes 56 +58.241 16
16 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Sauber-Ferrari 56 +1:02.604 20
17 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 56 +1:05.296 10
18 10 France Pierre Gasly Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 56 +1:06.3302 17
19 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Sauber-Ferrari 56 +1:22.575 19
203 28 New Zealand Brendon Hartley Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 51 15
Source:[6]
Notes
  • ^1  - Max Verstappen originally finished in fourth place but had ten seconds added to his race time for causing an avoidable collision.
  • ^2  - Pierre Gasly originally finished in fifteenth place but had ten seconds added to his race time for causing an avoidable collision.
  • ^3  - Brendon Hartley retired from the race but was classified as he completed 90% of the winner's race distance.

Championship standings after the race

  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References

  1. ^ "Formula 1 2018 Chinese Grand Prix". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ "FIA announces World Motor Sport Council decisions". Federation Internationale de l'Automobile. 6 December 2017. Archived from the original on 7 December 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  3. ^ "2017 Chinese Grand Prix Race - Official Classification". FIA.com. Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 9 April 2017. Archived from the original on 9 April 2017. Retrieved 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Formula 1 2018 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix - Qualifying". Formula1.com. 14 April 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  5. ^ "Daniel Ricciardo storms to Chinese Grand Prix win with sensational drive". abc.net.au. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 15 April 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  6. ^ "Formula 1 2018 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix - Race Result". Formula1.com. 15 April 2018. Retrieved 2018.
  7. ^ a b "China 2018 - Championship". StatsF1. Retrieved 2019.

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