Formula 1 was waiting for a duel Ferrari-Mercedes, it was an unexpected victory for Red Bull at the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday, with a lesson of exceedances of the Australian Daniel Ricciardo, who raises many of the ways the world Championship.
The favorite Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), in difficulty this weekend, and Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), hung by the Dutchman Max Verstappen (Red Bull), are, in fact, that fourth and eighth.
As a result, Hamilton is returning to ten-seven to ten points of the German in the first two places in the drivers ‘ standings, and Mercedes takes the lead in the manufacturers, a small length in front of Ferrari.
A third victory for Vettel in many races would have resulted in a physiognomy any other to the rest of the season. In fact, since 1950, a pilot who has won the first three GP has always won the world title.
But, to preserve the suspense, nor the performance displayed in qualifying, nor the strategy, nor the luck were on the side of the Scuderia on Sunday.
Party in pole position, Vettel saw the Finn Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) ahead of the outcome of their passages respective to the pits and then Verstappen the harpoon on the 43rd lap.
For its part, the Quebec Lance Stroll finished in 14th place at the wheel of his Williams.
Mercedes “limit the damage”
He has enough to feed any regrets because Hamilton, fourth in the favour of the ten-second penalty imposed on the Dutchman following the incident, turns out to be the eve uncomfortable and tense.
The silver Arrows, who had promised to come out “the great game” on the circuit of Shanghai, where they hold the record of victories, once again only “limit the damage” as a result of the qualifications to be disappointing.
As in Bahrain last weekend, Bottas climbed to the third place on the grid to second on the line, in front of his compatriot Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) and Hamilton had to make the back round.
This third round of 2018 also reminds us that it is not necessary to bury them too quickly on the third strength of the tea, and Red Bull.
When his Renault engine does not loose, as it happened to Ricciardo in the race in Bahrain, or during the third free practice session on Saturday, she knows how to seize his chance.
Do not bury Red Bull
The stable austrian made the better strategic choice in sending for the second time to the pits its two single-seaters, parties coast to coast in the third line, at the entrance of the safety car, to the 31st lap after a clash between the two Toro Rosso.
Then sixth, Ricciardo began a climb through tyres that are more fresh and his innate sense of exceedances.
This sixth victory in F1, confirmed that the driver, 28-year-old is the man rides fantastic: each one of his success has been won, whereas he was not among the top three on the grid !
Definitely nervous in the beginning of the season, his young prodigy of team-mate Verstappen, 20-year, could also play the victory. Las, an output of the track while attempting to overtake Hamilton, and then his collision with Vettel, have been due to his chances.
No French is not entered in the points. Esteban Ake (Force India) is the eleventh and Romain Grosjean (Haas) ten-seventh. Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso), fourth surprise of the previous GP, finished eighteenth after being handed a ten seconds penalty for having hung his team-mate.
The F1 will resume its rights on 29 April in Baku (Azerbaijan), the scene of a crazy race last year, with a rise of voltage in the track between Vettel and Hamilton and a win for Ricciardo, income of the tenth place on the grid. The part of shy is maybe not complete !