May 2, 2019 Off By The Badger

F1™ Race Report – China GP 2019

Hamilton takes the chequered flag in the 1000th edition of the F1 Grand Prix in China

100% Start for Mercedes

Mercedes maintained their unbelievable start to the 2019 campaign by taking their third consecutive 1-2 finish in as many races. After the initial testing results in Barcelona, nobody in the paddock would have foreseen this coming, and it just goes to show that nothing should be taken for granted in these sessions. Ferrari have got pace, and lots of it but can the prancing horse really last the distance? Mercedes seem bullet proof from a reliability point of view, and the Red Bulls are showing some signs of stability in what is shaping up to be a great season ahead of us.


Win #75 for #44

Come Saturday, we have become accustomed to seeing purple sectors following Lewis claim pole after pole. He is the undisputed king of that skill however in China it was his team mate who claimed pole as the Mercs locked out the front row. On Sunday however, in what is one of Hamilton’s few weaknesses in my opinion, got off to a flying start and flew past Bottas into the first corner. It was plain sailing from then on as Lewis stayed ahead and now joins Michael Schumacher in another record after having led over 4,000 laps in the sport.

The rest of the field followed suit, and there wasn’t much wheel to wheel racing in what was the 1,000th official Formula 1 Grand Prix. There was however one moment of pure brilliance, and this time it happened in the pit lane, orchestrated by the Mercedes pit crew and strategists. As the VSC was deployed, with Hamilton and Bottas running first and second, the Mercedes team had a call to make with regards to stopping again for another set of tyres. It seemed like there was no way they would make it to the end, and when Red Bull pitted Max, they had to act to prevent the undercut. Instead of pitting their drivers on separate laps, they called them into the pits at the same time. That would normally spell disaster, especially for the driver running behind. Not at Mercedes. The second Hamilton was clear to go, Bottas without having to delay at all just rolled in for his stop. Check out the video below. Brilliant stuff.


Baku Next!

It may not have the glamour of Monte-Carlo’s streets, but I can only describe the short history of the Azeri Grand Prix in two words; Action Packed. We’ve seen Sebastian Vettel turn into Lewis Hamilton behind the safety car after the latter was accused of brake testing the German. We’ve also seen two Red Bulls collide and witnessed heart break for Valtteri Bottas who was leading had a puncture on the penultimate lap after running across debris. Do not miss this race!


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Final Classification

# Driver Team Time Laps Points
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:32:06.350 56 25
2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 6.552s 56 18
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 13.744s 56 15
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull 27.627s 56 12
5 Charles Leclerc Ferrari 31.276s 56 10
6 Pierre Gasly Red Bull 89.307s 56 9
7 Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1 LAP 55 6
8 Sergio Perez Racing Point 1 LAP 55 4
9 Kimi Raikkonen Alfa Romeo Racing 1 LAP 55 2
10 Alex Albon Toro Rosso 1 LAP 55 1
11 Romain Grosjean Haas 1 LAP 55 0
12 Lance Stroll Racing Point 1 LAP 55 0
13 Kevin Magnussen Haas 1 LAP 55 0
14 Carlos Sainz McLaren 1 LAP 55 0
15 Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing 1 LAP 55 0
16 George Russell Williams 2 LAPS 54 0
17 Robert Kubica Williams 2 LAPS 54 0
DNF Nico Hulkenberg Renault 0 0
DNF Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 0 0
DNF Lando Norris McLaren 0 0

Fastest Lap

Driver Team Time Lap #
Pierre Gasly Red Bull 1:34.742 55
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