The second race of the year is here! China! Just like Australia, I am going to go through Quali and then the Race!
In Qualfying, Q1 was actually pretty exciting, at the start of the session Romain Grosjean spun after touching the kerb and barely missing the wall. Verstappen had mechanical issues, and was out in Q1, and just as the checkered flag was waved, Antonio Giovinazzi spun at the same place as Grosjean, but Antonio was not as fortunate as him, hitting the wall, spinning round and resting in the middle of the track on the Start-Finish straight, affecting a few people. And if that wasn't enough, Jolyon Palmer and Romain Grosjean both got grid penalties, because they did not slow down during the crash. Q2 was boring, except from the fact that Kimi got a new lap record, but in Q3 Hamilton broke it after he got pole, with Vettel and Bottas behind him.
So now I am going to talk about the race. It had a decent amount of action aswell!
With the intermediate tyres on, and with Vettel's car pointing towards the middle of the track, the lights went out and it was go, go, go! The two Merc's had a good start, it was so good for Valterri Bottas that he pressurised Vettel by going down his inside. He nearly made the move stick and narrowly, Vettel held on to 2nd. Then a few corners later, Lance Stroll crashed out after he got thumped by a Force India. The Virtual Safety Car came out and Vettel pitted for soft tyres. Then just as the VSC ended, there was a crash for Antonio Giovinazzi once again, and it was in the same place as his crash in Qualifying, on the start-finish straight. He was ok but he seemed very costly for the team. It also brought out the safety car, and it had to lead the drivers through the pits to avoid the debree on the track.
A lot of people went onto the soft and super soft tyres during the SC, and it looked like a good call, until Valterri Bottas span out after he was getting his tyres up to temperature, and went down to 12th place. The SC came in on Lap 7, and there were lots of overtakes, including the Red Bull's and the Ferrari's drivers swapping around. Stoffel Vandoorne and Danil Kvyat both retired. Vettel overtook Riccardo and soon Verstappen, which meant Sebastian came out in second place. Alonso retired, and in a flash, the race was over, with Hamilton on top, with Vettel second, but there was still a battle going on, which was between the two Red Bull's on the last lap. Riccardo tried a late lunge, but he locked up and Verstappen held onto to third, with Riccardo right behind him. In fifth was Kimi, followed by Bottas and Sainz.