Chinese Grand Prix

Major Takeaways:

  • This was the first win for Red Bull team in China since 2010.
  • Safety-car period proved the turning point for Ricciardo.
  • Time/Retired: Ricciardo (1:35:36.380), Bottas (+8.894s) Raikkonen (+9.637s)

The 3rdround of the prestigious Formula One World Championship 2018, Chinese Grand Prix was quite phenomenal and exciting. Took place at the Shanghai International Circuit, this race was packed with a lot of thrilling incidents.

More than 20 renowned racers qualified for this race, but no one knew that this time Australian driver, Daniel Ricciardo would come from the clouds to win this extraordinary race.

When Ricciardo’s teammate Max Verstappen was involved in a controversial clash with the German racer, Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo was busy in writing the history.

It would not be wrong to say that the actual turning point of the Chinese Grand Prix 2018 was the moment when Red Bull got fresh tyres in the safety-car period. As after that, Daniel drove beautifully and left five cars behind.

Before the safety-car period, no one could even imagine that Ricciardo would take a sensational victory in the Chinese Grand Prix.

Valtteri Bottas was ready for superb victory over Sebastian Vettel but only God knows how Sebastian’s Ferrari left Mercedes behind and that gave Vettel the lead of more than 3 seconds before Valtteri stops on lap 19. But unfortunately, after the safety period, Daniel snatched their chances.

Everyone’s favorite Lewis Hamilton disappointed their fans this time. He secured the fifth position in the race but got promoted to 4thposition, one position ahead to Verstappen, as he was penalized for causing the collision with Sebastian Vettel, who is a 4 time Formula One World Champion.

This three-day car-racing event was full of fun and thrilling. Here is the overview of the 2018 FORMULA 1 Chinese Grand Prix.

13thApril 2018-  Practice 1 & 2

In first practice session, rain forecast made almost every legend disappointed. Brendon Hartley took his Scuderia TORO little wide while returning on the pit lane. Fernando Alonso also faced some troubles keeping his Mclaren on the track. The final race winner, Daniel Ricciardo also had to deal with some technical troubles.

14thApril 2018-  Practice 3

The Ferrari driver, Sebastian Vettel got the first place in the final practice. He took just 1:33.018 for 14 laps without any gap. Whereas Kimi Raikkonen, the another Ferrari driver secured the second place. He completed 21 laps in 1:33.469 with GAP of +0.451s.

Valtteri Bottas was the 3rdcontender to qualify in the Chinese Grand Prix 2018. He took 1:33.761 for 16 laps with gap +0.743s.

14thApril 2018- Qualifying

The result of the qualifying race was almost similar to the final practice race. Vettel, Raikkonen, Bottas were the first 3 contenders to qualify.

15thApril 2018-  Final Race Results

  • First Position- Daniel Ricciardo
  • Second Position- Valtteri Bottas
  • Third Position- Kimi Räikkönen
  • Fourth Position- Lewis Hamilton
  • Fifth Position – Max Verstappen
  • Sixth position- Nico Hulkenberg
  • Seventh Position- Fernando Alonso
  • Eighth Position- Sebastian Vettel
  • Ninth position- Carlos Sainz
  • Tenth position- Kevin Magnussen

It was quite surprising for many people to see Red Bull’s win in China but Daniel Ricciardo gave a good surprise to all the participants and haters by completing 56 laps in 1:35:36.380. Unfortunately, Mercedes missed the 3rdconsecutive race