CHINESE GP

Qualifying        Race    

Round 3 – Shanghai, 13 - 15 April

All times UKÉ

Day

Session

Times

Sky (all live)

Channel 4

Fri 13th

FP1

0300 to 0430

0245 to 0515

 

 

FP2

0700 to 0830

0645 to 0855

 

Sat 14th

FP3

0500 to 0600

0445 to 0610

 

 

Qualifying

0800 t0 0900-ish

0700 to 0940

Recording: 1300 to 1430

Sun 15th

Race

0700 to 0830-ish

0530 to 1010

Recording: 1430 to 1645

 

 Tyre Allocation for this race:

 

Medium / Soft / Ultrasoft

 

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Individual driverŐs tyre choices:

 

Medium

Soft

UltraSoft

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)

1

6

6

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

2

5

6

Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)

2

3

8

Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)

2

3

8

Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)

2

4

7

Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

2

4

7

Sergio Perez (Force India)

3

4

6

Esteban Ocon (Force India)

3

4

6

Lance Stroll (Williams)

2

3

8

Sergey Sirotkin (Williams)

1

4

8

Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)

2

4

7

Carlos Sainz (Renault)

2

4

7

Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso)

2

4

7

Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso)

1

5

7

Romain Grosjean (Haas)

1

4

8

Kevin Magnussen (Haas)

2

3

8

Fernando Alonso (McLaren)

1

4

8

Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)

1

4

8

Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)

2

4

7

Charles Leclerc (Sauber)

3

3

7

 

FP1:

Quite chilly in Shanghai for this session and the tyres didnŐt seem to be working too well – and it didnŐt seem to matter which tyre compound they were on! 

The wind was quite gusty and caught out a number of drivers, especially at the last corner.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m33.999s

2

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

5

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

6

Vettel

Ferrari

 

7

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

1m34.861s

8

Sainz

Renault

 

9

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

 

10

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

11

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

1m36.037s

12

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

 

13

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

14

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

15

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

 

16

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

17

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

 

18

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

 

19

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

1m36.909s

20

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

1m37.277s

 

FP2:

Similar conditions to FP1 and nothing to be read into the actual times, although interesting to see the order is very much the same, with minor differences, which could have some significance.

Started to rain with 9 minutes to go. A few went out on intermediate tyres.

Vandoorne told to stop the car as one of his wheels was not on properly. If this Ňunsafe releaseÓ trend gets any worse the FIA will have to do something positive about it.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m33.482s

2

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Vettel

Ferrari

 

5

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

6

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

7

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

8

Sainz

Renault

1m34.473s

9

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

10

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

 

11

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

12

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

13

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

14

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

 

15

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

16

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

1m35.340s

17

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

 

18

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

 

19

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m36.471s

20

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

1m37.147s

 

FP3:

Cold and windy, so difficult to get the tyres working at their best.

Ricciardo only did 4 laps before he had a turbo failure, so lost the rest of the session as the team set about changing stuff.

Grosjean managed 6 laps before his rear brakes caught fire! No further running for him either.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

1m33.018s

2

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

5

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m34.057s

6

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

 

7

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

 

8

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

 

9

Sainz

Renault

 

10

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

 

11

Hulkenberg

Renault

 

12

Alonso

McLaren-Renault

 

13

Vandoorne

McLaren-Renault

 

14

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

15

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

1m35.061s

16

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Honda

 

17

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

18

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

 

19

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

 

20

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m35.756s

 

Q1:

Very cold (by F1 standards) and windy.  Red Bull mechanics still working on RicciardoŐs car.  Apparently their spare Renault engine wasnŐt complete and had to be ŇdressedÓ before it could go on his car!  He got out with 3 minutes to go.

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

1m32.171s 

2

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

 

5

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m33.238s

6

Hamilton

Mercedes

7

Sainz

Renault

8

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

9

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

10

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

11

Hulkenberg

Renault

12

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

13

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

 

14

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

 

15

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Renault

1m34.013s 

16

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

1m34.062s 

17

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Renault

1m34.101s

18

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

 

19

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

 

20

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

1m34.914s 

 

Q2:

Uneventful session.  The Mercedes drivers only finished 1 and 2 because the Ferrari pair aborted their last laps!

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Hamilton

Mercedes

1m31.914s 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

 

3

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

4

Vettel

Ferrari

 

5

Hulkenberg

Renault

6

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

7

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

8

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

9

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

10

Sainz

Renault

1m32.970s

11

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

1m32.986s

12

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

13

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

 

14

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

 

15

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Renault

1m33.795s 

 

Q3:

Not overly exciting!

Pos

Driver

Car

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

1m31.095s 

2

Raikkonen

Ferrari

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

 

4

Hamilton

Mercedes

 

5

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

6

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

1m31.948s

7

Hulkenberg

Renault

8

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

9

Sainz

Renault

10

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

1m32.855s

 

GRID:

Assuming there are no overnight penalties awarded the grid should look like thisÉ

Pos

Driver

Car

Pts

 

1

Vettel

Ferrari

20

 

2

Raikkonen

Ferrari

19

 

3

Bottas

Mercedes

18

 

4

Hamilton

Mercedes

17

 

5

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

16

6

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

15

7

Hulkenberg

Renault

14

8

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

13

9

Sainz

Renault

12

10

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

11

11

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

10

12

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

9

13

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

8

 

14

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

7

 

15

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Renault

6

 

16

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

5

 

17

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Renault

4

 

18

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

3

 

19

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

2

 

20

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

1

 

 

            RACE:

á      Every now and then F1 throws up a brilliant race and this was one of them. The Honey Badger excelled once Red Bull pulled off a couple of brilliant opportunist pitstops fro their pair when a Safety Car came out to clear debris from a Toro Rosso synchronised debacle when their drivers collided!!!

á      Going back to the beginning, the race did settle as a bit of a procession after the usual Shanghai first lap frantic action, but livened up nicely. Ricciardo pulled off a couple of outstanding overtakes on Bottas and Vettel from miles back and caught them both out.  All well under control. Verstappen, however, tried a similar move on Vettel and messed up, made minimal contact but enough to spin them both down to 5th and 6th. Vettel, evidently in a fit of pique, something he has been known to be prone to, lit up his rears as he set off again.  This resulted in them going off much quicker than they would normally and he ended up being overtaken by Hulkenberg and Alonso (which must have given the McLaren driver a lot of pleasure).  Verstappen was penalised ten seconds for his role and when this was applied at the end it cost him 4th place! He and Vettel chatted after the race to successfully clear the air. When interviewed Vettel was most magnanimous and Verstappen suitably contrite!

á      The Toro Rosso pair went back to were they should be, following their false showing in Bahrain. They confounded an already poor showing by driving into each other – well, to be fair it was Gasly who found himself trying to get through a gap that wasnŐt really there, resulting in a destroyed front wing. Hartley carried on but was eventually called into the pits by his team to retire, probably as a result of damage due to the collision.

Pos

Driver

Car

Laps

Pts

 

1

Ricciardo

Red Bull-Renault

56

20

 

2

Bottas

Mercedes

56

19

 

3

Raikkonen

Ferrari

56

18

 

4

Hamilton

Mercedes

56

17

 

5

Verstappen

Red Bull-Renault

56

16

 

6

Hulkenberg

Renault

56

15

 

7

Alonso

McLaren-Honda

56

14

 

8

Vettel

Ferrari

56

13

 

9

Sainz

Renault

56

12

 

10

Magnussen

Haas-Ferrari

56

11

 

11

Ocon

Force India-Mercedes

56

10

 

12

Perez

Force India-Mercedes

56

9

 

13

Vandoorne

McLaren-Honda

56

8

 

14

Stroll

Williams-Mercedes

56

7

 

15

Sirotkin

Williams-Mercedes

56

6

 

16

Ericsson

Sauber-Ferrari

56

5

 

17

Grosjean

Haas-Ferrari

56

4

18

Gasly

Toro Rosso-Renault

56

3

19

Leclerc

Sauber-Ferrari

56

2

20

Hartley

Toro Rosso-Renault

51

1

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