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2017 Chinese GP Post-Race Stats

Second race of the season over, and a second winner of the season and a bit of rain before the race to spice things up a bit.

Lewis Hamilton started the race from pole position, led the entire race and set the fastest lap of the race, so it was a pretty good weekend for him I’d say… Sebastian Vettel switched to slick tyres during the VSC period, which most likely would have given him the race lead had Antonio Giovinazzi not crashed shortly after, bringing out the full safety car and putting Vettel behind his teammate and the Red Bulls.

Max Verstappen dropped out in Q1 due to a combination of engine issues and Giovinazzi’s qualifying crash, starting down in 16th place after a few penalties for other drivers. Thanks to the weather Verstappen was overtaking for fun and up to second place before lap 15, later being passed by Vettel after a lock up and finishing in third place.

While everyone was raving about Verstappen’s success in China, I was more impressed with Carlos Sainz. He was the only driver starting the race on slick tyres, while he got a bit lucky with the safety car bringing him closer and everyone pitting he was consistently the third fastest man on track after everyone had pitted for slicks. In a Toro Rosso, lapping faster than Ferraris? Faster than Bottas? That’s impressive.

Max Verstappen’s podium was the 136th Red Bull podium and 100th podium race, leading for me to correct the Red Bull Twitter account with their own statistic, as you do!

Pos Driver Team Nation Points Laps Fastest Lap Grid
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes GBR 25 56 01:35.378 1
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari GER 18 56 01:35.423 2
3 Max Verstappen Red Bull NED 15 56 01:36.722 16
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull AUS 12 56 01:36.791 5
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari FIN 10 56 01:36.003 4
6 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes FIN 8 56 01:35.849 3
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso ESP 6 56 01:37.398 11
8 Kevin Magnussen Haas DEN 4 55 01:37.528 12
9 Sergio Perez Force India MEX 2 55 01:36.531 8
10 Esteban Ocon Force India FRA 1 55 01:37.036 17
11 Romain Grosjean Haas FRA 0 55 01:37.551 19
12 Nico Hulkenberg Renault GER 0 55 01:38.015 7
13 Jolyon Palmer Renault GBR 0 55 01:38.181 20
14 Felipe Massa Williams BRA 0 55 01:36.511 6
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber SWE 0 55 01:39.732 14
RET Fernando Alonso McLaren ESP 33 01:39.496 13
RET Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso RUS 18 01:40.090 9
RET Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren BEL 17 01:41.460 15
RET Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber ITA 3 18
RET Lance Stroll Williams CAN 0 10


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