In a remarkable race in Shanghai‘s changing weather conditions, Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton successfully held off the challenge of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to win his fifth Chinese Grand Prix. It was Hamilton’s 54th F1 triumph which he led from pole position from start to finish and returned Mercedes to the top of the podium.
Hamilton eased his Mercedes across the line 6.2 seconds ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel. The victory ties Hamilton on points with first-race winner Sebastian Vettel.
Displaying a sensational drive, Max Verstappen moved up from 16th on the grid to finish third to hand his Red Bull team their 100th podium.
2017 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix saw a race enlivened by a wet start and some terrific wheel-to-wheel battles while the Shanghai grid hardens impressions that 2017 will be a fight between the two multiple champions.
Sebastian Vettel took his and Ferrari’s first win, since Singapore Grand Prix of 2015, after beating Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas in 2017Australian Grand Prix. A strategic slip by the champions allowed Vettel to inherit the lead midway through the race at Albert Park.
Vettel’s first win since the Singapore GP in September 2015 is final proof that Mercedes’ domination is over after the introduction of faster cars. Ferrari’s win at Melbourne dashes Mercedes’ hopes of extending their dominance into a fourth successive season of Formula One.
The German cruised to his 43rd race victory with a 9.9 second gap to Mercedes’ runner-up Lewis Hamilton, with the Briton’s new team mate, Valtteri Bottas, finishing third on a glorious afternoon at Albert Park.
Hamilton started in pole but Vettel had an advantage on pace and tyre wear. Pole sitter Hamilton was in control of proceedings ahead of Vettel until his first pit stop on lap 17. After taking on soft tyres, the three-time champion emerged behind the slower Red Bull of Max Verstappen, as Vettel took the lead.
The German pressured Mercedes into an early pit stop and benefited when Hamilton was held up by Max Verstappen. Hamilton could find no way past the Dutchman and when Vettel made his sole pit stop he emerge ahead of both, in the lead. The German then build a solid gap and controlled the pace until the end, finishing 9.9s ahead of Hamilton.
With five back-to-back race weekends, Formula 12017 season begins on March 26 in Australia and concludes on November 26 in Abu Dhabi.
Significant changes in the calendar are Malaysia and Singapore switching places, the absence of the race in Germany, and Baku moving a week earlier, avoiding a clash with the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
The 2017 calendar in full
March 26 – Australia (Melbourne)
April 9 – China (Shanghai)
April 16 – Bahrain (Bahrain)
April 30 – Russia (Sochi)
May 14 – Spain (Barcelona)
May 28 – Monaco (Monte Carlo)
June 11 – Canada (Montreal)
June 25 – Azerbaijan (Baku)
July 9 – Austria (Spielberg)
July 16 – Great Britain (Silverstone)
July 30 – Hungary (Budapest)
August 27 – Belgium (Spa-Francorchamps)
September 3 – Italy (Monza)
September 17 – Singapore (Singapore)
October 1 – Malaysia (Sepang)
October 8 – Japan (Suzuka)
October 22 – USA (Austin)
October 29 – Mexico (Mexico City)
November 12 – Brazil (Sao Paulo)
November 26 – Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi)
Nico Rosberg won his first Formula 1 world title despite Lewis Hamilton driving slowly in an attempt to bring other drivers into the battle. Rosberg came under pressure from Sebastian Vettel but managed to hold the Ferrari driver to finish second.
“It’s a childhood dream come true,” Rosberg said over the radio. “Thank you for everything.”
Nico Rosberg took a controlled victory at Japanese Grand Prix to extend his lead over team-mate Lewis Hamilton to 33 points in the overall standings. Defending champion Hamilton’s race was compromised by a poor start while Rosberg, who started on pole, was never seriously threatened. Roseberg crossed the line 4.9 seconds clear of Red Bull‘s Max Verstappen, who fended off a late-charging Lewis Hamilton after the Briton recovered from a woeful start to finish third.
Rosberg now leads the world championship by 33 points with only 100 still available in the remaining four races.
Suzuka result has assured Mercedes of the constructors’ title for the third year in succession.
Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo held off hard-charging team mate Max Verstappen to win 2016 Formula 1 Malaysia Grand Prix. In the incident-filled race, Lewis Hamilton retired following a fiery Mercedes engine failure. In the second Mercedes Nico Rosberg came through the pack after early drama to finish third and extend his championship lead over Hamilton to 23 points.
Nico Rosberg took control of the F1 Drivers’ Championship standings as he sealed his eighth win of the 2016 season just half a second clear of Red Bull’s Daniel Riccirado. Lewis Hamilton finished third and took a hit on his lead in Drivers’ standings.
Demonstrating a superb drive, Nico Rosberg was able to hold off a late charge from Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo by just 0.4s and win 2016 Formula 1 Singapore Airlines Singapore Grand Prix. With team mate Lewis Hamilton finishing third, Rosberg now heads the Championship standings by eight points.
His eighth victory of the season makes him the first non-champion to win in Singapore and puts him on 273 points, to Hamilton’s 265. The reigning champion was 7.5s behind Ricciardo, but crucially 2.1s ahead of Raikkonen.
An excellent run saw Sebastian Vettel climb from P22 to fifth and deservedly secure the Driver of the Day vote from fans. Verstappen drove another typically feisty race, with plentiful overtaking, as he passed McLaren’s Fernando Alonso in the final third to take sixth place. Behind the Spaniard, Sergio Perez was eighth for Force India and the final points positions were taken by Kvyat and Renault’s Kevin Magnussen respectively.
Any hope of a 50th career win for Lewis Hamilton, and matching the great Juan Manuel Fangio’s record in Monza, was over after less than 50 yards and a fraction of a second when teammate Nico Rosberg drove to the flag to take his seventh victory of the season.
Nico Rosberg of Mercedes went from second on the grid to race winner at the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix at Monza. Rosberg edged out teammate Lewis Hamilton whose race was compromised by a poor start.
Finishing just behind the Mercedes drivers were the two Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen, respectively. Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull overtook Valtteri Bottas of Williams in the final five laps to take fourth place, just outside the podium finishes.
Rosberg’s win means he closes the gap to championship leader to just two points, with Hamilton now on 250 points to his team-mate’s 248. In the Constructors’ title battle Mercedes extend their already massive lead at the top of the table to 208 points but Red Bull’s lead over Ferrari has been cut to 11 points.