Lewis Hamilton's 75th victory in F1 Championship's 1000th race
There was no much excitement in the celebratory 1000th race of the F1 World Championship at the Shanghai International Circuit. Lewis Hamilton takes the easy win in the Chinese Grand Prix, his sixth in China and 75th in a career. Valtteri Bottas didn’t manage to convert his pole position into a victory, finishing second and securing one more double triumph for Mercedes, the third in a row this year.
The best of the rest was Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), who finally reached his first podium of the season. Max Verstappen (Red Bull) finished fourth, in front of Charles Leclerc (Ferrari). Pierre Gasly (Red Bull) finished in the sixth place but also earned an extra point for fastest lap which he set with a new set of soft tyres in the closing moments of the race.
The other points scorers in China are Daniel Ricciardo (Renault), Sergio Perez (Racing Point), Kimi Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo) and Alexander Albon (Toro Rosso). The young Thai started from a pit lane and reached P10 thanks to a one-stop strategy, earning the ‘Driver of The Day’ honor.
After three races, Lewis Hamilton leads the championship with 68 points on his account, six more than Bottas. The third-placed Max Verstappen is far behind on 39 points, two more than Vettel and three more than Leclerc.
Mercedes leads the Constructors’ championship with 130 points. Ferrari is second with 73 points, eleven more than Red Bull.
The next race is the Azerbaijan Grand Prix at Baku City Circuit on April 28.