Chinese Grand Prix: Formula One live blog

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    A quick turnaround from the thrilling Bahrain Grand Prix sees Formula One head to Shanghai for the third round of the 2018 world championship. Join The Roar for a live blog of the Chinese Grand Prix from 4:10pm (AEST).

    It’s two from two for Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari so far and the ball is in the court of the reigning world champions in Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes AMG to respond.

    The 5.4km, permanent power-circuit will see 56 laps contested and the drivers have a choice of medium, soft and supersoft tyres available; the same as in Bahrain.

    Though conditions are converse to Bahrain, with temperatures having been quite cold across the Shanghai International Circuit during the weekend – making optimising tyres difficult again.

    Ferrari have once again locked out the front-row of the grid, a feat they haven’t achieved since the 2006 United States and French Grands Prix, with championship leader Vettel having edged out Kimi Räikkönen.

    The Silver Arrows again, with no answer to the scarlet chargers, were forced to settle for positions on the second row. Valtteri Bottas will lead his teammate Lewis Hamilton, as both will start the race on soft tyres – as supposed to Ferrari on the supersofts.

    Red Bull occupy the third row of the grid, with Max Verstappen leading Daniel Ricciardo, who’s endured a tough weekend with reliability issues plaguing the Aussie again.

    As with Bahrain, it appears that the race may be decided by who’ll dictate tyre strategy and whether Ferrari can pull off the mega stint they did on the soft tyres, if Mercedes AMG go onto the mediums.

    In the midfield, Nico Hulkenberg in the Renault will lead from seventh and will have his teammate, Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean in the Haas making up the top ten.

    With the quick cars of Kevin Magnussen and handy racers like Fernando Alonso starting outside the top ten, the battle for the points once again will be juicy.

    So, can Ferrari breakthrough at a circuit owned by Mercedes AMG in recent years? Vettel has only won once here, in 2009, while Hamilton has a mammoth five wins and will be targeting a record sixth to kickstart his title defence.

    Join The Roar from 4:10pm (AEST) for live blog coverage of the Chinese Grand Prix and what promises to be another spectacular Formula One race.

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    • Roar Pro

      6:40pm
      anon said | 6:40pm | ! Report

      What a disaster for Ferrari.

      I think they lost out to Bottas fair and square.

      But they should have pitted Raikkonen though one lap after Hamilton came in. That was a no-brainer.

      Vettel was just terribly unlucky. Did nothing wrong, drove a great race. Verstappen should have been given a drive through not a 10 second penalty. And then Alonso sticking him on the grass for the hell of it was a real dirty move.

      Last week the Sky commentary were in a tizzy when Verstappen cut across Hamilton’s front wing on the exit of a corner basically blaming Verstappen.

      This week Alonso sticks Vettel on the grass and it’s fair play.

      I thought Hamilton turned his wheel and pushed Verstappen off the circuit at one point too.

      I’m not sold on Ferrari having an advantage over Mercedes. Bottas was able to comfortably maintain a gap on Vettel today despite Bottas being a far inferior driver to Vettel.

      Ferrari really needed to capitalise on Hamilton being down in the dumps and way off the pace today. Not capitalising today might cost them the championship.

    • Roar Guru

      6:28pm
      Jawad Yaqub said | 6:28pm | ! Report

      That about wraps up this live blog for The Roar, of the Chinese Grand Prix.

      Thanks again for joining me to witness another Daniel Ricciardo shoey and we’ll see you in two weeks time at the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

      Until then, good night!

    • Roar Guru

      6:27pm
      Jawad Yaqub said | 6:27pm | ! Report

      Another epic race indeed, as the 2018 Formula One world championship continues to excite and provide new narratives for the title race ahead.

      Ferrari, perhaps missed the trick this afternoon with their strategy and probably shot themselves in the foot not having brought Räikkönen in under the Safety Car.

      Plenty to discuss regardless in the fortnight to come!

    • Roar Guru

      6:25pm
      Jawad Yaqub said | 6:25pm | ! Report

      ——– DRIVER’S ——–

      54 — Sebastian Vettel
      45 — Lewis Hamilton
      40 — Valtteri Bottas
      37 — Daniel Ricciardo
      30 — Kimi Räikkönen
      22 — Fernando Alonso
      22 — Nico Hulkenberg
      18 — Max Verstappen
      12 — Pierre Gasly
      11 — Kevin Magnussen
      6 — Stoffel Vandoorne
      3 — Carlos Sainz
      2 — Marcus Ericsson
      1 — Esteban Ocon
      0 — Sergio Perez
      0 — Charles Leclerc
      0 — Brendon Hartley
      0 — Lance Stroll
      0 — Romain Grosjean
      0 — Sergey Sirotkin

    • Roar Guru

      6:24pm
      Jawad Yaqub said | 6:24pm | ! Report

      —– CONSTRUCTOR’S —–

      85 — Mercedes AMG
      84 — Scuderia Ferrari
      55 — Aston Martin Red Bull Racing
      28 — McLaren Renault
      25 — Renault Sport
      12 — Red Bull Toro Rosso Honda
      11 — Haas Ferrari
      2 — Alfa Romeo Sauber
      1 — Force India Mercedes
      0 — Williams Mercedes

    • 6:24pm
      Kanga. ..Kurt Fearnley is a legend said | 6:24pm | ! Report

      How great was that

      Well done Daniel Ricciardo

    • Roar Guru

      6:19pm
      Jawad Yaqub said | 6:19pm | ! Report

      RACE REPORT

      After facing the possibility of failing to qualify on Saturday, Daniel Ricciardo has pulled off an emphatic victory at the Chinese Grand Prix, snatching the unlikely win from Valtteri Bottas and Mercedes AMG.

      It was a race of procession from the start, with pole sitter Sebastian Vettel leading away from Bottas and the Red Bull of Max Verstappen. That was before a Safety Car midway through proceedings, threw a spanner into the works and changed the face of the race.

      Caused by debris left on track following an incident between the two Toro Rossos, the Safety Car saw Red Bull well positioned on-track to be brought into for a second stop, with Verstappen leading Ricciardo in for a switch to the softs.

      With Bottas having undercut Vettel in the first pit-stops, the Finn led away from the Safety Car restart and there was concern that the Red Bulls on the fresher tyres could catch them.

      Verstappen, edgy as ever, ended up touring the runoff in attempt to pass Hamilton for fourth – but it was Ricciardo who pulled off the bold move to get ahead of the reigning world champion.

      Once Ricciardo had relegated Vettel, who was unable to pass Bottas, Verstappen made his comeback past Hamilton and on Lap-43 ambitiously tried to round up Vettel at the hairpin – only to collect the championship leader and send the Ferrari falling through the pack.

      The Dutchman was subsequently punished with a 10-second time penalty, which added to his race time in the end, demoted the Red Bull to fifth. Vettel meanwhile limped home to eighth, having been chopped by Fernando Alonso on the penultimate lap.

      Ricciardo on the soft tyres, took over the lead of the race from Bottas on Lap-45, making another heart-stopping pass on another Mercedes AMG.

      Räikkönen, left out to dry ahead of the first stops to be a buffer for Vettel, came back after the Safety Car on younger tyres to finish on the podium in third.

      Renault ended the race with both cars in the points once again, with Nico Hulkenberg an impressive sixth and his teammate Carlos Sainz narrowly missing an opportunity to capture eighth from Vettel.

      Kevin Magnussen ensured Haas scored a point too, having been the better driver between e and teammate Romain Grosjean, who on a conversing strategy lost out and finished down in seventeenth.

      Three races into the championship, Mercedes AMG are yet to win a race which is accustomed to in this hybrid era, with Ferrari and Red Bull having taken the spoils so far.

    • Roar Guru

      6:07pm
      Jawad Yaqub said | 6:07pm | ! Report

      STANDBY FOR RACE REPORT AND UPDATED STANDINGS

    • Roar Guru

      6:06pm
      Jawad Yaqub said | 6:06pm | ! Report

      PODIUM INTERVIEWS – Hosted by Martin Brundle

      RICCIARDO – “I don’t seem to win boring races!” “Very decisive [strategic] call.” “You gotta lick the stamp and send it.”

      BOTTAS – “We were looking strong, until the safety car.” “It is disappointing and it felt like deserved victory.”

      RÄIKKÖNEN – “We made a good start and got blocked a bit.” “Far from ideal from the start of the race.” “A little bit of luck on the safety car and I had good speed on the mediums.”

    • Roar Guru

      6:02pm
      Jawad Yaqub said | 6:02pm | ! Report

      On the podium Ricciardo signals that its time for a shoey!

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