Formula 1: Red Bull 1-3, Verstappen on top in China

SHANGHAI, CHINA – APRIL 21: Race winner Max Verstappen of the Netherlands and Oracle Red Bull Racing celebrates in parc ferme after the F1 Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 21, 2024 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Lintao Zhang/Getty Images ) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // SI202404210359 // Usage for editorial use only //

Formula 1’s return to China had it all. Safety cars, extreme strategies, crashes, and a 4th win for Max Verstappen in 2024 as Red Bull converted a front row start to a first and third finish with the McLaren of Lando Norris gambling and winning to secure second place, splitting the Bulls and nabbing his second podium in 2024.

HIGHLIGHTS: Watch the action from the Chinese Grand Prix as Verstappen takes victory while Safety Car sparks dramatic restart

While Verstappen led the majority of the race, it was the battle for the final spots on the podium that unfolded behind him that kept the drama high. Norris, along with the pair of Ferrari’s, took advantage of the multiple Safety Car and VSC phases to convert a single-stop strategy and leap Perez, dropping the Mexican driver to 3rd. Norris would go on to hold the position while the Ferrari dup were unable to convert the same, leaving LeClerc forth ahead of Sainz.

Further down the grid, Lewis Hamilton – starting from 18th on the grid – converted his dismal starting position with timely overtakes to bring home a 9th position while teammate George Russell ended his race sixth. Fernando Alonso finished 7th after his offset strategy forced him into additional pit stops that pushed the Aston Martin down as low as 12th place as he finished ahead of Oscar Piastri in 8th. Nico Hulkenberg claimed tenth on the day, continuing Haas’s strong form – relative to past performances.

Racing in his first home race, Zhou Guanyu was given the honor of a special parc ferme on the main straight, the young Chinese driver breaking down in tears as he basked in the roar of the Chinese fans – many clad in the bright green colors of his Kick-Sauber team.

Lance Stroll, Kevin Magnussen, and Logan Sargeant all faced in-race penalties and finished 15th, 16th, and 17th respectively. Stroll, involved in an early race incident that saw him torpedo the RB of Daniel Ricciardo – ending the Australian’s race – was handed a 10-second time penalty for his involvement. Magnussen and Sargeant were also handed 10-second penalties for their own incidents as the Haas driver spun Yuki Tsunoda at the exit of turn 6 while Sargeant collected his during a Safety car period with an infringement involving Hulkenberg.


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11Max VerstappenRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT561:40:5325
24Lando NorrisMCLAREN MERCEDES5613.773s18
311Sergio PerezRED BULL RACING HONDA RBPT5619.160s15
416Charles LeclercFERRARI5623.623s12
555Carlos SainzFERRARI5633.983s10
663George RussellMERCEDES5638.724s8
714Fernando AlonsoASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES5643.414s7
881Oscar PiastriMCLAREN MERCEDES5656.198s4
944Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES5657.986s2
1027Nico HulkenbergHAAS FERRARI5660.476s1
1131Esteban OconALPINE RENAULT5662.812s0
1223Alexander AlbonWILLIAMS MERCEDES5665.506s0
1310Pierre GaslyALPINE RENAULT5669.223s0
1424Zhou GuanyuKICK SAUBER FERRARI5671.689s0
1518Lance StrollASTON MARTIN ARAMCO MERCEDES5682.786s0
1620Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI5687.533s0
172Logan SargeantWILLIAMS MERCEDES5695.110s0
NC3Daniel RicciardoRB HONDA RBPT33DNF0

The Formula 1 Circus heads west for the first of three visits to the United States with the early summer stop in sunny Miami, Florida. The home race for Williams’s Logan Sargeant, the temporary street circuit is situated around the stadium for the Miami Dolphins Football Team and is a who’s-who of celebrity action on the grid. Full weekend schedule is below.


DateSessionTime (Local Circuit)
May 3rdPractice 112:30 – 13:30
Sprint Qualifying16:30 – 17:14
May 4thSprint12:00 – 13:00
Qualifying16:00 – 17:00
May 5thRace16:00