Formula 1: Verstappen victorious in Sprint Shootout

SHANGHAI, CHINA – APRIL 20: Max Verstappen of the Netherlands driving the (1) Oracle Red Bull Racing RB20 leads Carlos Sainz of Spain driving (55) the Ferrari SF-24 on track during the Sprint ahead of the F1 Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 20, 2024 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202404200117 // Usage for editorial use only //

Max Verstappen claimed victory in China for the first Chinese Sprint Shootout on Saturday, besting Lewis Hamilton and Sergio Perez in the 19-lap affair after starting 4th on the grid. The Red Bull came under threat initially from the Ferrari of Carlos Sainz as Verstappen radioed to the team that his “battery is flat”, but managed to stay clear and attack for position against Alonso and finally Hamilton before taking the lead on lap nine and waltzing to victory by 13.043 seconds over Hamilton.

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Further down the field, the battle for 3rd intensified on lap 16 when Alonso, Sainz, LeClerc, and Perez came together in an epic series of corners that saw Perez leap from 6th to 3rd as Sainz and Alonso came together, forcing the Aston Martin to retire with 2 laps remaining with damage as a result of the collision. Further on, the Ferrari duo came together in the penultimate corner of lap 17 with Sainz forcing LeClerc wide and off line, prompting the Monegasque driver to question the actions of his Spanish teammate.

With Perez in 3rd, LeClerc would overtake for 4th place on his teammate, dropping Sainz to 5th ahead of polesitter Lando Norris and teammate Oscar Piastri in 6th and 7th, respectively. Norris, starting from pole, lost out into turns one and two against Hamilton as the 7-time champion forced the McLaren wide in the tightening right hander, dropping Norris back to 7th before the end of the 2nd turn.

Zhou Guanyu, racing on home soil for the first time in Formula 1, ended his sprint race in 9th place just behind the Mercedes of George Russell in 8th while Kevin Magnussen rounded out the top 10.

Full race results are below, tune in at 15:00 local time for the three-round qualifying for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix.


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DateSessionTime (Local Circuit)
Apr. 19thPractice 111:30 – 12:30
Sprint Qualifying15:30 – 16:14
Apr. 20thSprint11:00 – 12:00
Qualifying15:00 – 16:00
Apr. 21stRace15:00

Sprint Race Results:

11Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1932:04.6608
244Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1913.043s7
311Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT1915.258s6
416Charles LeclercFERRARI1917.486s5
555Carlos SainzFERRARI1920.696s4
64Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES1922.088s3
781Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES1924.713s2
863George RussellMERCEDES1925.696s1
924Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI1931.951s0
1020Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1937.398s0
113Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT1937.840s0
1277Valtteri BottasKICK SAUBER FERRARI1938.295s0
1331Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT1939.841s0
1418Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES1940.299s0
1510Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT1940.838s0
1622Yuki TsunodaRB HONDA RBPT1941.870s0
1723Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES1942.998s0
182Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES1946.352s0
1927Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI1949.630s0