Lewis Hamilton stormed to his sixth victory in Shanghai, and with Valterri Bottas in second Mercedes scored their third 1-2 of the year. Ferrari, who looked to carry the form from Bahrain had no reply to the pace of the Silver Arrows.
Hamilton lead a pretty simple lights-to-flag run ahead of Bottas, but behind Ferrari struggled to sort out their drivers. Sebastian Vettel’s podium was confirmed when teammate Charles Leclerc moved aside early in the race, with Mongasque driver eventually slipping behind the Red Bull of Max Verstappen.
The Dutchman exhibiting some fantastic passing manouvers typical of his do-or-die attitude.
At the line, the other Red Bull of Pierre Gasly finished sixth, a positive weekend considering the struggles of the first two rounds. The Frenchman also strapped on a set of soft tyres with two laps to go and secured the extra point for fastest lap.
Daniel Ricciardo came home seventh, a year after the Renault driver won for Red Bull, ahead of Racing Point’s Sergio Perez.
Alfa Romeo driver Kimi Raikkonen finished ninth, ahead of Toro Rosso’s Alex Albon who put together the drive of the day to take the final point after starting from the pit lane.
Lando Norris was looking to continue the form that saw him score his first points at Bahrain, but was left sitting on the sidelines after a lap one collision with Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kyvat.
Three races down, and Mercedes look to be taking their claim on the top of the standings. The Silver Arrows awaiting serious challenge, and the pessimist would say the 2019 championship could be well on its way back to Brackley.
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