The Chinese Grand Prix Formula 1 race from this past weekend was very interesting! The top 7 finishers are:
1st Nico Rosberg – Mercedes #25 1:38:53.891
2nd Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari
3rd Daniil Kvyat – Red Bull
4th Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull
5th Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari
6th Felipe Massa – Williams
7th Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
Rosberg started on the pole with Ricciardo next to him on super soft compound tires, with Raikkonen and Vettel starting in third and fourth respectively.
Ricciardo made a great start and aced Rosberg into turn one. The rest of the field bunched up going into turn one. Unfortunately Raikkonen and Vettel got squeezed together colliding with each other and damaging their front wings. Hamilton, starting from the rear of the pack also got wacked in turn one and he too had to pit for a new front wing set up.
Unfortunately for Ricciardo, on lap three while still leading, his left rear tire was cut by debris from the earlier crashes and he had to pit, leaving Rosberg to drive a flawless race to finish 37 seconds ahead of Vettel.
Vettel drove a superb and aggressive race clawing his way onto the podium with a well-deserved second place. Kvyat had one of his best races, looking very together bagging a third place finish.
Hamilton also looked good even though he started from the rear of the grid. He was able to work his way up to fifth toward the end of the race, however; he was complaining of limited front end grip and eventually had to settle for seventh.
The take away for me is that The Red Bulls with Renault power were very quick and competitive. And, despite the early carnage, all 22 cars finished the race.
Even though some of the other teams and drivers are looking pretty racy, clearly; Rosberg was the class act of this race. He has now won six in a row and is looking very strong. I would like to see more action mixing it up for first place to make things even more exciting and interesting. Hopefully this will happen if the other teams continue to improve.
The Current Drivers Points standings are:
1st Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 75 Pts
2nd Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes – 39 Pts
3rd Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull – 36 Pts
4th Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 33 Pts
5th Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari – 28 Pts
6th Felipe Massa – Williams – 22 Pts
7th Daniil Kvyat – Red Bull – 21 Pts
The next Formula 1 race will take place on May 1 at the Russian Grand Prix.
Jorge Lorenzo said he “needed a challenge” when the Movistar Yamaha rider made his decision to join Ducati at the end of the season. The three time champion signed a two year deal with Ducati for 2017 and 2018, but remains focused for his last and final season with Yamaha. He said in a statement:
“What will happen in the future is unpredictable but from here on I just want to enjoy these 15 races that I have left with Yamaha to try and ratify the World Championship. This is right now my only target.”
The Current Riders Points standings are:
1st Marc Marquez – Repsol Honda Team – 66 Pts
2nd Jorge Lorenzo – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP – 45 Pts
3rd Valentino Rossi – Movistar Yamaha MotoGP – 33 Pts
4th Pol Espargaro – Monster Yamaha Tech 3 – 28 Pts
5th Dani Pedrosa – Repsol Honda Team – 27 Pts
6th Hector Baarbera – Avintia Racing – 25 Pts
7th Andrea Dovizioso – Ducati Team – 23 Pts
Be sure to check out this weekend’s race on April 24 at 5:00 a.m. PT. It should be very exciting.