F1 2019: Chinese Post-Race Analysis

Well, if Lewis Hamilton didn’t deserve to win in Bahrain, he definitely deserved to win today. Overall, a poor start to the weekend meant that Hamilton seemed the weaker of the two Mercedes drivers, but a fantastic start and consistent pace led to back to back victories and the top of the championship, for now…

17/04/19

Crucial point of the race?

Once again, the start of the race was one of or the crucial point of the race with Lewis Hamilton getting a better start than team-mate and pole-sitter Valterri Bottas. The Finn admitted that it was because of his “poor start” that cost him the victory and the cause of it was of too much wheelspin. Since his poor starts in Australia and Bahrain, Hamilton has been working to improve his race starts and it looks like it has paid off.

Consistency is key..

The first team since 1992 to score three consecutive 1-2 finishes, Mercedes can’t believe their luck, or is it luck? Coming into the start of the season, Mercedes were considered the “underdogs” but they leave China ahead of their rivals and comfortably leading both championships. Key to their success in China has been put down to the Silver Arrows being set up to go well in the corners. This was a counteract movement as the German team was well-aware of Ferrari’s straight-line speed so being quick in the corners protected them from an attack.

Where’s it gone?

Apart from Mercedes and Ferrari, Haas are the only team to have both drivers qualify in the top 10 at every race so far this year, but they only have 8 points to show for it. Both drivers, Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean, have qualified in the top 10 on the Saturday but keep dropping back come Sunday. The problem has been identified in the way the team operates their tyres. Team Principal, Gunther Steiner said “The problem is getting the tyres in the heat range so that the tyres work. It’s high-speed tracks with long straights and low energy corners where we can’t get the heat into the tyres. This problem might not be fixed ahead of F1’s next race in Azerbaijan so it could be another miserable Sunday for the Haas team.

Drivers of the Day

  • Lewis Hamilton, 1st: Indeed a poor start to the weekend meant that the Brit looked the weaker of the two Mercedes drivers but a perfect start and great consistency and race management, Hamilton now takes the lead in the champion thanks to two back-to-back victories.
  • Daniel Ricciardo, 7th: Finally, the Australian picked up some points for his new team in 2019. In his most convincing weekend for the team, out-qualifying and out-racing team-mate Nico Hulkenberg, Ricciardo will hopefully continue to settle into the French outfit.
  • Sergio Perez, 8th: An electric start from the Mexican saw the Racing Point driver move from 12th to 8th on the 1st lap. He kept pressure on the Renault’s throughout the race and bagged 4 points for his hard work.
  • Alexander Albon, 10th: From one emotion to another. The young rookie suffered a huge crash in FP3 but recovered superbly on Sunday to break into the points after starting from the pit-lane and then holding Romain Grosjean in the final few laps to claim the “Fans Driver of the Day” and a point for his effort.

Constructors Championship

1.Mercedes 130pts  2.Ferrari 73pts  3.Red Bull Racing Honda 52pts  4.Renault 12pts  5.Alfa Romeo Racing Ferrari 12pts  6.Haas Ferrari 8pts  7.McLaren Renault 8pts  9.Racing Point BTW Mercedes 7pts  9.Scuderia Toro Rosso Honda 4pts  10.Williams Mercedes 0pts

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