Lewis Hamilton: After taking pole position yesterday, Hamilton would’ve hoped for a good start and to race into the distance and that’s exactly what happened with the Brit winning the Chinese Grand Prix for the fifth time in his career.
Max Verstappen: After a shock Q1 exit in qualifying due to a misfiring Renault engine, Verstappen knew he would be in for a difficult afternoon. However, a great start coupled with changing conditions played to his strengths, with the Dutchman taking an incredible third place despite starting 16th.
Carlos Sainz: Sainz finished 7th earning him the label of “best of the rest”. The Spaniard was the only man to start on slicks and it didn’t pay off initially with Sainz going off track on several occasions but he made up for that with a number of impressive overtakes.
Kevin Magnussen: Magnussen scored Haas’ first points of the season taking 8th place. Starting 12th on the gird, the Dane showed his true potential and skill with some great moves throughout the race including moves on both Force India’s.
McLaren Honda: A double retirement for the Woking based side highlighted the struggle that McLaren Honda are facing. Fernando Alonso was running in the points with the Spaniard once again maximising the potential of a poor performing car.
Williams: With both cars starting in the top ten, Williams, were hoping for a good result. However, Lance Stroll’s race was short lived after being clipped by Sergio Perez’s Force India. As for Felipe Massa who started 6th, he endured a frustrating day finished down in 14th highlighting the weakness that Williams still have in damp conditions.
Antonio Giovinazzi: After an impressive F1 debut in Australia, the Italian had a weekend to forget. A heavy crash in qualifying and another one in the race with his car ending up in pieces on the main straight.