2024 Chinese Grand Prix Highlights: McLaren, Ferrari, and Aston Martin

2024 Chinese Grand Prix highlights
2024 Chinese Grand Prix highlights | Ferrari

From the start, Verstappen took the lead at the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix, while Fernando Alonso overtook Sergio Perez for second position at Turn 1, though he soon relinquished it and gradually fell back. Mid-race drama unfolded when Valtteri Bottas exited the race due to a mechanical issue, prompting a Safety Car that led to a frenzy of pit stops. This shuffle slightly altered the race dynamics, but Verstappen kept his cool and held on to his position at the front, despite the chaos ensuing behind him upon the restart, where multiple incidents occurred among the drivers.

2024 Chinese Grand Prix results
McLaren scored a podium spot with driver Lando Norris. | McLaren

Verstappen clinched his fourth victory of the season, followed closely by an impressive performance from Lando Norris who took second for McLaren. Perez completed the podium in third for Red Bull. Charles Leclerc led the Ferrari effort in fourth, followed by teammate Carlos Sainz in fifth, with George Russell’s Mercedes finishing sixth. Alonso managed to secure seventh, ahead of Oscar Piastri, Lewis Hamilton—who remarkably climbed from eighteenth to ninth—and Nico Hulkenberg, rounding out the top ten.

2024 Chinese Grand Prix Results

  1. Max Verstappen – Red Bull Racing
  2. Lando Norris – McLaren
  3. Sergio Perez – Red Bull
  4. Charles Leclerc – Ferrari
  5. Carlos Sainz – Ferrari
  6. George Russell – Mercedes
  7. Fernando Alonso – Aston Martin
  8. Oscar Piastri – McLaren
  9. Lewis Hamilton – Mercedes
  10. Nico Hulkenberg – Haas
  11. Esteban Ocon – Alpine
  12. Alexander Albon – Williams
  13. Pierre Gasly – Alpine
  14. Guanyu Zhou – Kick Sauber
  15. Lance Stroll – Aston Martin
  16. Kevin Magnussen – Haas
  17. Logan Sargeant – Williams
  18. Daniel Ricciardo – RB
  19. Tsunoda – RB
  20. Bottas – Kick Sauber
2024 Chinese Grand Prix full race
Highlights from Ferrari, McLaren, and Aston Martin at the Chinese Grand Prix below. | Ferrari

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2024 Chinese Grand Prix Highlights

McLaren F1

At the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix, McLaren’s Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri demonstrated strong performances right from the start, maintaining P4 and P5 respectively as the race began. Norris, with his tires in excellent condition, overtook Fernando Alonso for P3, while Piastri, struggling with rear tire degradation, was overtaken by Charles Leclerc, falling to P6. As the field pitted, Norris took a brief lead at the front. Piastri pitted for Medium tires, rejoining in P9. Following Valtteri Bottas’ retirement and a Virtual Safety Car, Norris switched to Hard tires on Lap 23. A subsequent full Safety Car allowed Piastri to also switch to Hards. The race resumed with Norris in P2 and Piastri in P8. Despite a restart due to incidents and another Safety Car, Norris held his second place, and Piastri, despite contact and car damage from Daniel Ricciardo, managed to finish in P8, securing points for the team.

McLaren F1 results
Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri photographed at the Chinese GP. | McLaren

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Ferrari F1

At the Chinese Grand Prix, Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz experienced an eventful race, marked by strategic maneuvers and competitive driving. Starting on new Medium tires, both drivers initially lost positions to George Russell and Nico Hulkenberg. However, Leclerc quickly recovered to seventh, and Sainz also advanced to eighth by the end of the opening lap. Later, Leclerc moved up to fourth after overtaking Oscar Piastri and benefiting from Fernando Alonso’s pit stop, while Sainz reached sixth. Mid-race, after pit stops shuffled positions, Leclerc climbed to second, and Sainz to fourth. Sainz faced a setback with a fast pit stop that initially dropped him to tenth, but he soon recovered to ninth. After a Virtual Safety Car caused by Valtteri Bottas stopping on track, Leclerc pitted and rejoined in fourth, and when Sergio Perez and Alonso pitted under a later Safety Car, Leclerc was third, and Sainz moved to fifth. Despite another shake-up at a restart and various position changes, Leclerc finished the race in fourth, just ahead of Sainz in fifth. Throughout the weekend, Ferrari amassed a total of 31 points, consolidating a strong performance in both the race and the sprint sessions.

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Charles Leclerc almost scored a podium spot, ultimately taking 4th place. | Ferrari

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Aston Martin F1

Aston Martin kicked off their 2024 Chinese Grand Prix debut with Fernando Alonso starting at third position on the grid, impressively moving up to second place right at the first corner. Despite needing repairs to his car’s floor before the race, Alonso managed a competitive performance, navigating through various tire strategies. He started on Medium tires and made a total of three pit stops, switching to Hard tires and then to Softs during a Safety Car period. Alonso maintained the Softs for a significant 20-lap stint before finishing the race on Mediums, which helped him recover positions and finish in seventh place. His remarkable efforts also earned him the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1:37.810, adding an extra point to his tally for the weekend.

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Aston Martin made its Chinese Grand Prix debut this past weekend. | Aston Martin

Lance Stroll, starting from eleventh, also had an eventful race, making four pit stops as he navigated through different strategies. He initially pitted for Medium tires, switched to Hards during a Virtual Safety Car, and had to pit again after sustaining some damage. His final stop saw him taking Hards once more on lap 35, ultimately finishing in fifteenth place.

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What’s next? 2024 Formula 1 Schedule

DateGrand PrixVenue
May 3-5MiamiMiami
May 17-19Emilia RomagnaImola
May 24-26MonacoMonaco
June 7-9CanadaMontreal
June 21-23SpainBarcelona
June 28-30AustriaSpielberg
July 5-7United KingdomSilverstone
July 19-21HungaryBudapest
July 26-28BelgiumSpa
August 23-25NetherlandsZandvoort
August 30 – September 1ItalyMonza
September 13-15AzerbaijanBaku
September 20-22SingaporeSingapure
October 18-20USAAustin
October 25-27MexicoMéxico City
November 1-3BrazilSao Paulo
November 21-23Las VegasLas Vegas
November 29 – December 1QatarLusail
December 6-8Abu DhabiYas Marina

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