Lewis Hamilton won the 1,000th world formula one championship race since the series began in 1950 and He also totaled 1,000th career points in the sport.
Lewis Hamilton continues to set the standard at the top, whilst there were plenty of stars in the midfield battle.
Check out the driver ratings from Chinese Grand Prix…
Lewis Hamilton: Hamilton won the 900th Championship race and now, 100 Grand Prix later the Brit in the Mercedes is still putting in hugely dominant displays.
The Silver Arrows may not have looked the absolute fastest throughout the weekend but come Sunday they had the front row locked down. Hamilton starting from second on the grid managed to get the jump on a wheel spinning Bottas and from that moment onwards looked very comfortable out front. Why didn’t Lewis get a ten you ask? No pole position, no fastest lap… 9.
Valtteri Bottas: Bottas looked to be having a very strong weekend and it seemed we had the porridge-guzzling Finn back on track, but snatching pole position on Saturday would turn out to be what caused his downfall.
Wheel-spinning off of the start/finish line caused Hamilton to get in front from Turn 1 and from then on, it seemed as though Bottas just couldn’t close the gap. Nonetheless, he was closer to Lewis this weekend and managed to comfortably stave off the Ferrari cars without breaking a sweat. A good race from Valtteri. 7
Sebastian Vettel: Average, awkward mediocrity for Seb and his Ferrari bunch in China.
After initially looking like the fastest team on the grid they quickly fell back from their rivals and were unable to challenge for the front spots. Now this feels like the car is more to blame than its drivers but, nonetheless, it was an average drive from Vettel.
When caught behind Leclerc after losing P3 at the start he struggled to get back at him, instead asking for his team to swap them – team orders again and we are only three races in. When Vettel did get in front, it took a botched strategy from the Prancing Ponies to really separate the four-time world champion from the rookie. 6
Max Verstappen: A tough weekend for the Bulls in terms of pace but Verstappen will walk away happy with this weekend’s performance. He took everything out of the car that he could and even went for an almighty lunge on Vettel into the hairpin whilst they both managed to keep it clean (kinda), fighting wheel to wheel trying to take advantage of Vettel’s cold tyres.
He also finished over a minute in front of his team-mate. Is Max finally maturing into a team leader? Maybe not after his foul-mouthed rant in qualifying… 8
Charles Leclerc: From being so close to a race win one weekend, to being sacrificed by your team to finish behind a Red Bull the next is a tough pill to swallow. Whether you agree with team orders or not, Leclerc knew the possibility of it happening was incredibly high when he joined Ferrari.
After being left out time and time again on older, worn tyres, the gap to his team mate and to the guys up front continued to stretch. Ferrari underestimated Verstappen and the Red Bull’s strategy, that then paired with a late gear box issue closed the door on any chance of a top four result for Leclerc. 6
Pierre Gasly: Now, we think most people will expect him to be rated higher than we have because he managed to finish in the top six.
But he has achieved the bare minimum a Red Bull driver should be achieving. His race was fine, but was he competitive? No.
Was he close to his team mate? No. But should there be conversations about Albon taking his seat already? Don’t be daft. Give the kid a chance, he’s a little way off still but the improvements will come in time. 6
Daniel Ricciardo: After the top 10 qualified in Noah’s Ark style, Renault looked set to take a great result home with them after this weekend, things didn’t pan out that way for the Hulk but Danny Ric was able to hold onto the best of the rest slot and drove a smooth and consistent race.
Nothing spectacular, but he didn’t need to be. He’s learning about his new car and no doubt that, in time, this will become a very frequent occurrence for the Honey Badger. 8
Sergio Perez: Now that is why you keep Sergio Perez in your team! The move that Sergio pulled around the outside of Hulkenberg was incredible, especially for two midfield cars.
Perez drove a brilliant race, climbing from P12 to P8. Having managed to hold off an equally brilliant Kimi Raikkonen behind, the only reason Perez doesn’t get a 10 is because he couldn’t pass Ricciardo. 9
Kimi Raikkonen: Not many people would have enjoyed the Chinese Grand Prix, but Raikkonen may have been one of the select few that did (you never know with him). Involved in the thick of the midfield action, the Finn rose from P13 to P9 and could have even had a sniff at Ricciardo and Perez had he been able to keep his front tyres warm. 9
Alexander Albon: Voted ‘Driver of the Day’ by the viewers and for very good reason indeed. Having started from the pit lane, Albon navigated many of the dangers in front of him, including his team-mate ‘The Torpedo’ having a tussle with the McLarens, and ended the race in P10 place claiming a point.
Overtakes, strategy and consistent race pace were all there for the youngster and he is really showing that he can settle into the sport after being drafted in so late in the winter. He shouldn’t have Gasly’s seat, but if there was an open spot in Red Bull, it looks like they’ve got a great contender. 10