Lewis Hamilton is the new leader of the World Cup after having a walk in China in the 1000th grand prize in the history of the Formula. Another point in the history of the pilot who is on his way to becoming the best in history, which was enough in Shanghai with a quick start in which he overtook Valtteri Bottas and lead the race from start to finish to win the victory.
Mercedes continues to undermine the morale of Ferrari after adding third double in three races. The Italian team was as far from the German in the race as in the classification. Sebastian Vettel finished third and climbed for the first time this season to the podium. After his second consecutive victory, Hamilton is already up by 31 points to Vettel on his way to his sixth World Cup.
Hamilton leads Vettel by 31 points after just three races
Carlos Sainz returned to have a fateful day and finished in the fourteenth position, the same one in which he left. The Spaniard saw his career conditioned by a clash with the Russian Daniil Kvyat after the start that sent him to the pit lane with the nose of his damaged car. The McLaren driver chose his tire strategy to finally recover the place where the race started.
The third race of the World Cup showed the enormous difference between Mercedes and Ferrari at this stage of the championship. The Italian team imposed its orders to Charles Leclerc when the Monegasque was ahead of Sebastian Vettel and the young promise of Formula 1 was to do the dirty work to the German so he could finish in the top three. That cost him an upset, as he lost the fourth place to Max Verstappen and added a new frustration after not winning in Bahrain.
Ferrari's concern was more to contain Max Verstappen than to reach the Mercedes, who a few laps after starting the race and took an insurmountable distance. Vettel saved two attacks from the Red Bull Dutchman, at the start and on lap 20. Verstappen ended up even conditioning Ferrari's strategy, which made the pit lane enter a lap after the Dutchman to put his same tires and thus save the podium .
Leclerc had to accept team orders to let Vettel pass him
Lewis Hamilton had a placid career. He overtook Valtteri Bottas at the start and took a comfortable distance to manage the race at his whim. The Brit was upset when his team brought in Valtteri Bottas before him to the pit lane to make the first tire change. In the second the two entered at the same time.
As the triumph was indisputable and that his Mercedes was able to withstand the race pace without problems, Lewis Hamilton had secondary doubts as to when he could try to make the fastest lap to add one more point, which ended up taking Pierre Gasly (Red Bull). The advantage of the Briton became scandalous and now he is already in the World Cup.
Classification GP of China
1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR / Mercedes) 1 h 32: 06.350
2. Valtteri Bottas (FIN / Mercedes) to 6,552
3. Sebastian Vettel (GER / Ferrari) at 13,744
4. Max Verstappen (NED / Red Bull-Honda) to 27,627
5. Charles Leclerc (MON / Ferrari) to 31,276
6. Pierre Gasly (FRA / Red Bull-Honda) at 1: 09.307
7. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS / Renault) to 1 lap
8. Sergio Pérez (MEX / Racing Point-Mercedes) to 1 lap
9. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN / Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari) to 1 lap
10. Alexander Albon (THA / Toro Rosso-Honda) to 1 lap
11. Romain Grosjean (FRA / Haas-Ferrari) to 1 lap
12. Lance Stroll (CAN / Racing Point-Mercedes) to 1 lap
13. Kevin Magnussen (DEN / Haas-Ferrari) to 1 lap
14. Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP / McLaren-Renault) to 1 lap
15. Antonio Giovinazzi (ITA / Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari) to 1 lap
16. George Russell (GBR / Williams-Mercedes) to 2 laps
17. Robert Kubica (POL / Williams-Mercedes) to 2 laps
18. Lando Norris (GBR / McLaren-Renault) to 6 laps
Fast lap (1 point): Pierre Gasly (FRA / Red Bull-Honda) 1: 34.742 on lap 55 (average: 207.126 km / h)
Classification of the Drivers' World
1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) 68 pts
2. Valtteri Bottas (END) 62
3. Max Verstappen (NED) 39
4. Sebastian Vettel (GER) 37
5. Charles Leclerc (MON) 36
6. Pierre Gasly (FRA) 13
7. Kimi Räikkönen (FIN) 12
8. Lando Norris (GBR) 8
9. Kevin Magnussen (DEN) 8
10. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) 6
11. Nico Hülkenberg (GER) 6
12. Sergio Pérez (MEX) 5
13. Alexander Albon (THA) 3
14. Lance Stroll (CAN) 2
15. Daniil Kvyat (RUS) 1
Classification of the Constructors' World
1. Mercedes 130 pts
2. Ferrari 73
3. Red Bull-Honda 52
4. Renault 12
5. Alfa Romeo Racing-Ferrari 12
6. Haas-Ferrari 8
7. McLaren-Renault 8
8. Racing Point-Mercedes 7
9. Toro Rosso-Honda 4