Chinese Grand Prix Report

Published on 24 April 2024 at 16:00

Red Bull's Max Verstappen won at Shanghai last weekend in the fifth race of the 2024 season.

McLaren's Lando Norris squeezed in just behind in second place whilst Mexican Sergio Perez took third.

Aston Martin's Fernando Alonso managed to jump into second as the five lights went out causing Perez to fight even harder to regain his position.

Perez managed to catch his position back by taking the outside line at Lap 5 pushing Alonso behind into third  in front of both the McLaren's.

Alonso doesn't stay there for long as Norris manages to park Alonso up at the apex with a boost from DRS and take takes third place.

The power of the Ferrari's were in full force as Charles Leclerc pushes his car down the inside line on Lap 9 to overtake Mercedes driver George Russell and move one place up.

Leclerc does it again, this time on Norris' team-mate Oscar Piastri on Lap 11 through a late break in the slipstream moving him up to fifth position.

Not the best of luck for Kick Sauber's Valtteri Bottas as he suffered a mechanical failure on Lap 21 whilst challenging to get into the points. A virtual safety car was deployed but marshals struggled to move the car from the track resulting in the main safety car coming out.

An incident at the hairpin between Daniel Ricciardo and Lance Stroll with Stroll bumping into the back of Ricciardo's Red Bull causing debris to fall onto the track and Stroll to pit with front wing damage.

Visa Cash App RB had it the hardest as Tsunoda had to pull off to the side of the track halfway through the race due to contact with Kevin Magnussen causing him to spin and gain a puncture. 

Perez and Leclerc went side-by-side at Lap 39 and Perez managed to get ahead of the Monegasque to snatch back third position.

It was Verstappen's first win at the Shanghai circuit and his 58th career win which was celebrated alongside Norris and Perez on the podium.

Three DNF's being Ricciardo, Tsunoda and Bottas.

The Dutchman extends his lead in the Driver's Championship with 110 points, 25 points in front of his team-mate Perez.

Next up is the Miami Grand Prix which begins with Practice One on May 3.

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