2019 Chinese Grand Prix

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2019 Chinese Grand Prix
Race 3 of 21 in the 2019 Formula One World Championship
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Layout of the Shanghai International Circuit
Layout of the Shanghai International Circuit
Race details[1]
Date 14 April 2019
Official name Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix 2019
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 Mercedes
Time 1:31.547
Fastest lap
Driver France Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing-Honda
Time 1:34.742 on lap 55
Podium
First Mercedes
Second Mercedes
Third Ferrari

The 2019 Chinese Grand Prix (formally known as the Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix 2019) was a Formula One motor race that took place on 14 April 2019 at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China. The race was the third round of the 2019 Formula One World Championship, and marked the sixteenth time that the Chinese Grand Prix had been run as a round of the Formula One World Championship. The race also marked the 1000th World Championship race since the first World Championship race was held at the Silverstone Circuit in 1950.

Background[edit]

Championship standings before the race[edit]

Heading into the race, Valtteri Bottas was leading the Drivers' Championship by one point from Lewis Hamilton.[2] Bottas's team Mercedes was leading the Constructors' Championship by 39 points from Ferrari.[2]

Entrants[edit]

The drivers and teams were the same as the season entry list with no additional stand in drivers for either the race or practice.[3]

Free practice[edit]

Sebastian Vettel was fastest in the first practice session with Valtteri Bottas fastest in the second practice.[4][5] Bottas was again fastest in FP3 on Saturday, however the session was brought to a premature end when Alexander Albon lost control and hit the wall on the exit of the final corner, smashing into the wall rear-first with an impact of 49g.[6]

Qualifying[edit]

Alexander Albon was unable to compete in Qualifying after a crash in Free Practice 3 earlier in the day.

The first qualifying session finished with no incidents with Valtteri Bottas setting the fastest lap of the session ahead of Charles Leclerc and teammate Lewis Hamilton. Qualifying ended with the elimination of Lance Stroll, George Russell, Robert Kubica, Antonio Giovinazzi and Albon, the last two of whom failed to set a time in the session.

The second qualifying session ended without incident with Hamilton setting the fastest lap on the medium tyre compound. Bottas, Sebastian Vettel, Leclerc and Max Verstappen also set their laps on the medium compound tyre. Daniil Kvyat, Sergio Pérez, Kimi Räikkönen, Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris were eliminated from qualifying.

The third qualifying session ended without incident with most drivers having two chances to set a fastest lap. After the first runs, Bottas was quickest with Hamilton and Vettel rounding off the top 3. When setting up their second runs, Verstappen was overtaken at turn 14 by Vettel and both Renault cars, this prevented him crossing the line before the end of the session. Pierre Gasly and both Haas cars were also unable to start a lap before the session ended as a result. At the end of the session, Bottas was on pole position 0.023 seconds ahead of Hamilton in second. Vettel qualified third. The rest of the top ten consisted of, in qualifying order, Leclerc, Verstappen, Gasly, Daniel Ricciardo, Nico Hülkenberg, Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean.

Qualifying classification[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Qualifying times Final
grid
Q1 Q2 Q3
1 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:32.658 1:31.728 1:31.547 1
2 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.115 1:31.637 1:31.570 2
3 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:33.557 1:32.232 1:31.848 3
4 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 1:32.712 1:32.324 1:31.865 4
5 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda 1:33.274 1:32.369 1:32.089 5
6 10 France Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing-Honda 1:33.863 1:32.948 1:32.930 6
7 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Renault 1:33.709 1:33.214 1:32.958 7
8 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 1:33.644 1:32.968 1:32.962 8
9 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 1:34.036 1:33.150 No time 9
10 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 1:33.752 1:33.156 No time 10
11 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 1:33.783 1:33.236 N/A 11
12 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 1:34.026 1:33.299 N/A 12
13 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 1:34.125 1:33.419 N/A 13
14 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 1:33.686 1:33.523 N/A 14
15 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 1:34.148 1:33.967 N/A 15
16 18 Canada Lance Stroll Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 1:34.292 N/A N/A 16
17 63 United Kingdom George Russell Williams-Mercedes 1:35.253 N/A N/A 17
18 88 Poland Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 1:35.281 N/A N/A 18
107% time: 1:39.144
NC 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari No time N/A N/A 191
NC 23 Thailand Alexander Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda No time N/A N/A PL2
Source:[7][8]
Notes
  • ^1  – Antonio Giovinazzi failed to set a time during qualifying and was permitted to race at the stewards' discretion.[7]
  • ^2  – Alexander Albon did not take part in qualifying after crashing in FP3, and was permitted to race at the stewards' discretion.[7] He was required to start from the pit lane after changing his survival cell.[9] He also received a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.

Race[edit]

Lewis Hamilton won the race ahead of his teammate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.[10]

At the start of the race Bottas got a bad start allowing Hamilton to lead into the first corner. At the fourth corner Daniil Kvyat, Carlos Sainz Jr. and Lando Norris collided which would cause Norris and Kvyat to retire later in the race. On lap 11 Charles Leclerc was ordered by Ferrari to let his teammate Vettel past. Nico Hülkenberg retired on lap 17 with an MGU-K problem. Daniel Ricciardo managed to score his first points of the season and his first points for Renault. Pierre Gasly got the first fastest lap of his career.[11] It was also Mercedes' third 1-2 finish of the season and the first time that a team has managed a 1-2 in the first three races of a season since Nigel Mansell and Riccardo Patrese did so for Williams in 1992.[12]

Race classification[edit]

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 56 1:32:06.350 2 25
2 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 56 +6.552 1 18
3 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 56 +13.774 3 15
4 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Red Bull Racing-Honda 56 +27.627 5 12
5 16 Monaco Charles Leclerc Ferrari 56 +31.276 4 10
6 10 France Pierre Gasly Red Bull Racing-Honda 56 +1:29.307 6 91
7 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Renault 55 +1 lap 7 6
8 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 55 +1 lap 12 4
9 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 55 +1 lap 13 2
10 23 Thailand Alexander Albon Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 55 +1 lap PL 1
11 8 France Romain Grosjean Haas-Ferrari 55 +1 lap 10
12 18 Canada Lance Stroll Racing Point-BWT Mercedes 55 +1 lap 16
13 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen Haas-Ferrari 55 +1 lap 9
14 55 Spain Carlos Sainz Jr. McLaren-Renault 55 +1 lap 14
15 99 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 55 +1 lap 19
16 63 United Kingdom George Russell Williams-Mercedes 54 +2 laps 17
17 88 Poland Robert Kubica Williams-Mercedes 54 +2 laps 18
182 4 United Kingdom Lando Norris McLaren-Renault 50 Collision damage 15
Ret 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso-Honda 41 Collision damage 11
Ret 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg Renault 16 Power unit 8
Fastest lap: France Pierre Gasly (Red Bull Racing-Honda) — 1:34.742 (lap 55)
Source:[8][10][13]
Notes
  • ^1  – Includes one point for the fastest lap.
  • ^2  – Lando Norris was classified as he completed more than 90% of the race distance.

Championship standings after the race[edit]

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2019 Chinese Grand Prix". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b "Bahrain 2019 - Championship". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  3. ^ "2019 Chinese Grand Prix – Entry List". Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. 11 April 2019. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Chinese Grand Prix 2019 - Practice 1". Formula1.com. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Chinese Grand Prix 2019 - Practice 2". Formula1.com. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  6. ^ "FP3: Bottas ahead of Vettel as big Albon crash shortens session". Formula One. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  7. ^ a b c "Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix 2019 – Qualifying". Formula One. 13 April 2019. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  8. ^ a b "Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix 2019 – Starting Grid". Formula One. 14 April 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  9. ^ "MUST-SEE: Albon on the huge FP3 crash that ruled him out of Chinese Grand Prix qualifying | Formula 1®". www.formula1.com. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  10. ^ a b "Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix 2019 – Race Result". Formula One. 14 April 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  11. ^ "Pierre GASLY - Fastests laps • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 15 April 2019.
  12. ^ Kelly, Sean (15 April 2019). "Stat Wrap: Chinese GP". f1.channel4.com. Retrieved 17 April 2019.
  13. ^ "Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix 2019 – Fastest Laps". Formula One. 14 April 2019. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  14. ^ a b "China 2019 - Championship • STATS F1". www.statsf1.com. Retrieved 14 April 2019.


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