Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese Grand Prix when Ferrari needed a team effort between Sebastian Vettel and Charles Leclerc.
Mercedes clinched a third double victory in a row as Valtteri Bottas came second in pole position and thus ended up in pole position threatening Ferrari in a less than exciting 1000th race since the drivers' championship began in 1950.  Hamilton took the jump off the line and led in turn 1, where Leclerc also came from the second row in front of Vettel. while the two Red Bulls were behind. Hamilton had never driven on from that point on and rarely looked threatened by his teammate as Mercedes could slow the pace in the first stint.
The bigger drama developed at Ferrari, where Leclerc wanted to uphold Vettel was asked to increase the pace or let the Germans through. Leclerc agreed to do so if he did not retire in two rounds and then change position despite protesting that he had closed a gap.
As soon as Vettel saw his team-mate in front of him, he could not drop his team-mate and made mistakes ̵
In the next round, Vettel got priority and pit. He had to fend off an attack by Verstappen as the Red Bull shot down the Turn 14 hairpin. Vettel regained the place on leaving as he squeezed Verstappen, and from then on had the pace to secure his first podium of the season.
Leclerc stayed a few laps longer before switching to hard tires – as all front-runners did – and came out well in the battle for third place. After being asked to kick hard, Leclerc closed on the back of Verstappen as the Dutchman broke out for the second time on lap 34 and sat on the media for 22 minutes.
Vettel had to react and Mercedes did so In the case of a safety car, the cars should also be stacked impressively to reduce the risk of one of them getting on the track. Leclerc had risen to second place, holding Bottas back for one lap – allowing Hamilton to prevail – before needing a second stop later that led to a gap to Verstappen that proved too big to hold in the To bridge the final phase.
Behind Leclerc, Pierre Gasly had a solid race for Red Bull as he drove a lone sixth home after starting soft on the intermediate for him. Gasly got at least some excitement at the end of the race – and an extra point – when he had taken a late third pit stop for more softs and Vettel got the fastest lap.
Daniel Ricciardo scored his first points for Renault with a strong ride in seventh place, being the leading car for a one-stop strategy, even though he started with softs. Ricciardo was under pressure from the impressive Sergio Perez in the closing stages, but both took care of the tires, as did Kimi Raikkonen, who scored for Alfa Romeo in the third consecutive race.
Raikkonen had looked like a threat for seventh place After a long first stint, but too fierce attack on Perez, he was faded in the final rounds.
The last point went to Alexander Albon, who had to pull out of the pit lane after his FP3 crash. A one-stop strategy had no safety car help – with just a short virtual safety car on lap 1 – and the rookie of Toro Rosso held back Romain Grosjean in the final stages, as Haas fought again for the race pace and outside the Points ended. 19659002] The virtual safety car was needed in the first lap when Lando Norris, Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat came together. The two McLarens touched, which in turn resulted in Sainz meeting Kvyat, who then rushed into Norris and launched the 2018 Formula 2 runner into the air.
All three continued, but Kvyat was severely ruled out for the incident and both McLaren had to be repaired before Kvyat and Norris retired later.
The only other retirement was Nico Hulkenberg. who had reported a problem with his car and came early in the pit when Renault continued his poor reliability after a double DNF in Bahrain.