After a rather chaotic race which went from wet to dry, Lewis Hamilton has emerged on top and won the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix!
It came after a very chaotic first five laps to the race, where Lance Stroll found the gravel on the opening lap after closing the door on Sergio Perez, which gave him a puncture and made it impossible to drive out of the gravel, giving him another DNF to go with his one in Australia, and a Virtual Safety Car for good measure.
However, then everything was thrown out the window when Antonio Giovinazzi put his Sauber C36 into the wall on the front straight, bringing out the safety car, and everyone who didn’t pit under the VSC into the pits, which eliminated Vettel’s strategic advantage of having pit under the Virtual Safety Car.
The biggest winner from the first five laps was Max Verstappen, who managed to go from 16th to fourth by lap six, and then made great moves on Ricciardo and Raikkonen to get to second, behind Hamilton. However, Vettel ended up catching him and passing, after spending a while stuck behind Ricciardo and his team mate.
It was an interesting day for Bottas, who had a modest start, but made an embarrassing mistake under the safety car, doing a 180° spin and losing ten places. He ended up in sixth place, owing to the sheer gulf in performance of the top three teams vs everyone else.
Alonso somehow managed to drag the McLaren into the points, running in seventh, before losing a place to Carlos Sainz, and then losing his car, as he retired with a driveshaft failure.
Soon after, the leaders all made pitstops, with Vettel trying to catch Hamilton in the dying laps, but it wasn’t to be, as the Briton came out on top to win the race. Max Verstappen managed to come third, but it wasn’t easy, as his team mate Daniel Ricciardo pushed him all the way to the end.
After it was all said and done, Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel are now tied at the top of the standings on 43 points, while Max Verstappen got yet another Driver of the Day award.