Mercedes dominates in China
Three doubles out of three race weekends: there was no opposition for Mercedes also in China.
Bottas recorded pole from Hamilton, but the latter took the lead at the start and led all the way to the flag in front of his team-mate.
Behind the Mercedes cars, Vettel took third and Verstappen fourth: Charles Leclerc, third after the start, didn’t have the best strategy and dropped to fifth at the flag.
Numbers from the F.1 race
4000 – Hamilton is the second driver after Schumacher with more than 4000 laps led: his total is now 4041, 700 more than Sebastian Vettel. Schumacher’s record is 5111 laps led.
2008 – For the first time since 2008 we had three different polesitters in the first three races.
112 – Vettel scored his 112th podium out of 222 race starts.
90 – 90th win for Mercedes in F.1, their 47th double, 59th front row lockout.
75 – Hamilton recorded his 75th career win in Shanghai.
75 – The last 75 F.1 races have been led only by Mercedes, Ferrari or Red Bull.
53 – Kimi Raikkonen was eliminated in the second qualifying stint for the first time since Hungary 2016, ending a Q3 string lasted for 53 races.
15 – For the 15th time in his career, Hamilton led a race from lights to flag, the same number of Sebastian Vettel. Only Ayrton Senna led more races entirely: 19.
9 – Shanghai is the second track in which Hamilton records a ninth podium after Melbourne.
7/2 – 7th career pole for Valtteri Bottas: he was able to win only twice from those seven poles.
7 – 7th front row in Shanghai for Hamilton, but his first as second on the grid: his previous six were all pole positions.
7x2 – Shanghai is the second track in which Mercedes records a seventh pole (their record) after Silverstone.
6x3 – This was the third track in which Hamilton recorded a sixth win after Montreal and the Hungaroring.
6 – 6th Mercedes win in Shanghai: they won more only in Monza (7 times).
5x2 – For the second time in history after Singapore 2011, there were 5 teams in formation from the first to the fifth row of the starting grid.
3 – Mercedes is the first team since Williams back in 1992 with three doubles in the first three races of the season.
2 – Hamilton is just the second driver who wins the Chinese GP from second on the grid after Kimi Raikkonen in 2007.
1 – Pierre Gasly recorded his maiden fastest race lap.