Mercedes will start in good shape in 2019, possibly better than the team could have At the Chinese Grand Prix, which is said to be the 1000th Grand Prix of history, another 1: 2 Lewis Hamilton drove off the start and pomped his teammate and pole sitter Valtteri Bottas at the top of the first corner. From then on, the two Mercedes worked well together to leave behind the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel within reach.
Where everything was by the pool for Mercedes, Ferrari fought in China with interesting inter-team battles. At the beginning, Charles Leclerc was ahead of Vettel, but already on lap 10 Seb was on the radio, complaining that he was stopped by Charles. In the eleventh round Leclerc was asked to sit down for an angry Vettel, although both Ferraris were in tire protection mode.
When it became clear that Vettel could not catch up with the Mercedes better, everything began to unravel. Leclerc played the good teammate strategy to try to bring Vettel in the vicinity of the Mercedes duo at the top. When Vettel made the final puncture, the team left Leclerc to press Valtteri Bottas a little to stop him, and then, as Bottas found his way a few laps later, he stopped him even further to give Vettel the extra boost give DRS help with his attempts to catch Bottas.
I can not say better than this Will Buxton tweet.
Rather than letting the drivers in tow, Ferrari was confused with the natural order of things and instead had to fight hard to keep Red Bull in check. Two laps in a row put Max Verstappen Vettel. Two turns in a row Verstappen goes a bit far at the exit of the curve and Vettel has to be super aggro and push him into the grass to keep control.
First Corner Contretemps – Daniil Kvyat overdriven Carlos Sainz and crashed into Lando Norris. Kvyat received a drive-through penalty for contact.
Lewis Hamilton has now driven 4000 laps in his career, an accomplishment that Michael Schumacher had only achieved so far
Mercedes drove an absolutely impeccable Double pit stop, called both drivers and stacked them. By the time Hamilton's car was being serviced, it literally went by the same second Bottas.
There were some good tracks in this race, It's definitely unbelievable to see that Lewis Hamilton was absolutely perfect again this weekend. He won his sixth Chinese Grand Prix and the 75th Grand Prix victory of his career. Can someone bring the fight to Mercedes later this season? This team looks pretty bulletproof.