Chinese GP (2017)

06 Apr - 09 Apr
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Stroll: China qualifying breakthrough “huge” for confidence

Williams Formula 1 rookie Lance Stroll believes his Q3 appearance in China was “huge” for his confidence after a difficult debut in Australia.

Gallery: Statistics from the Chinese Grand Prix looks at all the stats and figures from the Chinese Grand Prix, which was won by Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton

Massa column: Chinese GP hopes wrecked by tyre degradation

In his latest column, Williams driver Felipe Massa recounts a disappointing second race of the F1 season in China, in which the Grove-based team was hit with peak levels of tyre degradation.

Verstappen has "sixth sense" in the wet - Horner

Red Bull boss Christian Horner believes Max Verstappen has a "sixth sense" for wet weather driving, after his stunning charge through the field at the Chinese Grand Prix.

Vandoorne column: Mechanical issue ends promising Williams battle

In his latest column, McLaren driver Stoffel Vandoorne looks back at a mixed Chinese Grand Prix race, in which early promise was followed by another retirement.

Gallery: Best radio transmissions from the Chinese GP brings you the some of the best and funniest radio conversations from the Chinese GP

Raikkonen confident he can turn around form after "painful" start

Kimi Raikkonen insists that he and Ferrari have the answers needed to help him bounce back from his "painful" start to the 2017 Formula 1 season.

Red Bull wants rules clarity over out-of-place Vettel

Red Bull boss Christian Horner says he wants some clarification from the FIA about where drivers need to form up on the grid, after Sebastian Vettel started out of his box at the Chinese Grand Prix.

Analysis: How the SC robbed fans of a Hamilton vs Vettel epic

The Chinese Grand Prix saw some fabulous wheel-to-wheel racing and some strategic intrigue. But had it not been for that early safety car, Sebastian Vettel's gamble to pit for slicks may have provided a real fight for victory.

Bottas says he must not dwell on "amateur" error in China

Valtteri Bottas says he must not let himself dwell on the "amateur" mistake he made spinning behind the safety car at the Chinese Grand Prix – as he insists the main thing is to ensure it does not happen again.

Giovinazzi eager to forget nightmare China weekend

Antonio Giovinazzi admits he hopes to "cancel from my mind" his second grand prix weekend in Formula 1, after he crashed in both qualifying and the race in China.

Red Bull “came alive” after wing change, says Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo says his Red Bull “came to life” in the Chinese GP after he added front downforce with a wing adjustment at his second pitstop.

Five things we learned from the Chinese GP

Mixed conditions were always going to play a part in Shanghai, and we weren’t disappointed for racing action when the lights went out for round two in China…

Chinese GP: Post-race press conference

Drivers: 1) Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 2) Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Max Verstappen (Red Bull)

Ferrari wants talks with Raikkonen to discuss his form

Ferrari president Sergio Marchionne wants his Formula 1 team to sit down for talks with Kimi Raikkonen on the back of a second difficult race for the Finn.

Hamilton says "real race" began when Vettel reached second

Lewis Hamilton said he was relaxed in the lead of the Chinese Grand Prix until his Formula 1 championship rival Sebastian Vettel made it into second place.

Raikkonen feels Ferrari should have stopped him earlier

Kimi Raikkonen believes his Ferrari team should have stopped him for new tyres earlier during the Chinese Grand Prix, the Finn admitting his result ought to have been better.

Verstappen calls for blue flag tweaks after Grosjean hold-up

Red Bull Racing driver Max Verstappen believes Formula 1 needs to look into its blue flag rules in 2017, as he feels the Chinese GP podium battle was nearly affected in an undue way by lapped traffic.

Sainz’s slick tyre gamble pay-off was “massive adrenaline rush”

Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz admits his slick-tyred start gamble in the Chinese Grand Prix “might have blown a big result”, before his stunning drive to seventh.

Mercedes: Bottas needs to "analyse and forget" China mistake

Mercedes F1 boss Toto Wolff has backed the team's new driver Valtteri Bottas to recover from an underwhelming performance in China, saying the Finn needs to "analyse it and forget it".

Alonso: "Incredible" China race even better than Australia

Fernando Alonso believes his Chinese Grand Prix performance was even better than in Australia, which he had labelled as one of the best races of his life.

Chinese GP: Top 10 quotes after race

Lewis Hamilton took his third Grand Chelem (pole position, race win, fastest lap, leading every racing lap) in his F1 career

Chinese GP: Hamilton wins as wet start causes fireworks

Lewis Hamilton converted pole position into a controlled race victory in a mixed-conditions Chinese Grand Prix.

F1 facing step into unknown in wet Chinese GP

Formula 1 faces a step into the unknown in the Chinese Grand Prix, with poor weather set to deliver a first experience of wet tyres for many drivers.

Chinese GP: Post-qualifying press conference

Drivers – 1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes), 2. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), 3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)

Stroll boosted by switch to lighter power steering

Williams driver Lance Stroll believes a switch to lighter power steering contributed to him reaching Q3 for the first time in his Formula 1 career in the Chinese Grand Prix.

McLaren won't race new rear wing in China

McLaren will not race with its new rear wing in the Chinese Grand Prix after discovering it needed more work, but hopes to bring it back for next weekend’s race in Bahrain.

Hulkenberg "well surprised" by Renault pace

Nico Hulkenberg says he was “well surprised” to have qualified as high as seventh in China as the Renault RS17 proved to be the fifth fastest car on the day.

"Disappointed" Raikkonen still plagued by understeer

Kimi Raikkonen has admitted he continues to struggle with understeer in his Ferrari SF70H, as he placed fourth again in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Verstappen blames engine misfire for Q1 exit

Max Verstappen's disastrous qualifying for Formula 1's Chinese Grand Prix was down to a misfire caused by an ignition coil problem.

Bottas says 0.001s margin to Vettel "a real shame"

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas admits it was "a real shame" for him to lose a front row spot in the Chinese Grand Prix to Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel.

Vettel "chickened" on final corner in Q3

Ferrari Formula 1 driver Sebastian admitted he "chickened" by braking early for the final corner on his Chinese Grand Prix qualifying lap, although the loss didn't cost him pole position.

Lauda admits he was betting on a Vettel pole

Niki Lauda revealed he had bet on Sebastian Vettel to grab pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Alonso says 13th on the grid a "divine present"

McLaren's Fernando Alonso labelled his Chinese Grand Prix qualifying position a "divine present" after securing 13th place on the grid.

Chinese GP: Top 10 quotes after qualifying

Lewis Hamilton pole position time of 1:31.678 was 3.72s quicker than the 2016 pole position time and 0.56 seconds faster than the all-time circuit lap record set by Michael Schumacher in 2004

Chinese GP: Hamilton beats Vettel to pole, Verstappen out in Q1

Lewis Hamilton emerged from another tight Formula 1 qualifying battle with Sebastian Vettel to claim pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Chinese GP: Vettel fastest as Ferrari sets stunning pace in FP3

Australian Grand Prix winner Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time in final practice for the Chinese GP in Shanghai to underline Ferrari’s strong start to the F1 2017 season.

FIA takes steps to ensure Chinese GP will run on time

The FIA has taken steps to ensure that Sunday’s Chinese GP will not be threatened by poor weather hampering helicopter movements.

Gallery: Key F1 tech spy shots at Chinese GP

Giorgio Piola gets under the skin of the F1 tech war in the Shanghai paddock.

F1 urged to create "contingency plan" after practice cancellation

McLaren boss Zak Brown says the cancellation of Friday practice for the Chinese Grand Prix made him feel "terrible" for Formula 1 fans, and reckons a contingency plan is needed.

F1 teams to discuss moving Chinese GP to Saturday

Formula 1 teams are set to discuss with the FIA the idea of shifting the Chinese Grand Prix to Saturday in a bid to avoid Sunday's race being cancelled on weather grounds.

Poor weather forces abandonment of FP2

Second practice for Formula 1's Chinese Grand Prix was cancelled on Friday due to poor weather.

Grosjean fits new turbo for Chinese GP

Romain Grosjean has taken a new turbo for this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix, the Haas driver taking a step towards a grid penalty later in the season.

Chinese GP: Verstappen fastest as poor weather ruins FP1

Max Verstappen topped a truncated first free practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix as poor weather conditions brought an end to running because the medical helicopter was unable to fly.

Five things to look out for in the Chinese GP

The Australian Grand Prix wasn’t a classic in terms of racing, but how about this weekend’s Chinese round? Here’s what to watch for…

Chinese GP: Thursday's Press Conference

Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari), Max Verstappen (Red Bull Racing), Nico Hulkenberg (Renault), Antonio Giovinazzi (Sauber), Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari), Carlos Sainz Jr (Toro Rosso)

Sauber rubbishes conspiracy theories over Wehrlein's absence

Sauber team principal Monisha Kaltenborn has rubbished suggestions that there is a wider conspiracy behind Pascal Wehrlein's ongoing absence from F1.

Lack of rear downforce Red Bull's main weakness - Ricciardo

Daniel Ricciardo says on-board footage from F1 rivals Mercedes and Ferrari has exposed Red Bull's main weakness as a lack of rear downforce.

Hamilton: 2017 mule car tyre testing a "waste of my time"

Lewis Hamilton believes testing the prototype 2017 Formula 1 tyres with modified cars last year would have been a "waste of time" because of the differences to this year's machinery.

Perez hopes there's "nothing more serious" with Wehrlein

Sergio Perez hopes nothing is being concealed regarding Pascal Wehrlein's absence from Formula 1, arguing if he was in the Sauber driver's position he would be desperate to race.

Vettel insists Mercedes remains F1 favourite

Sebastian Vettel insists Mercedes remains favourite for the 2017 Formula 1 season despite his victory in the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Gallery: Costly errors made at Chinese Grands Prix

Throughout its 13 year history, several drivers and teams have made costly errors at the Chinese GP that have potentially cost them race wins and even championships.

Lance Stroll to change his approach a bit for Chinese Grand Prix

Williams’ driver, Canadian Lance Stroll will be competing on another Formula 1 circuit unknown to him this weekend at the Chinese F1 Grand Prix.

Chinese GP set to expose McLaren-Honda weaknesses

McLaren is bracing itself for a tougher time at the Chinese Grand Prix, with Formula 1's longest straight set to expose the true power deficit that Honda has.

Palmer wants Renault to check car before China

Jolyon Palmer wants Renault to check his car before the Chinese Grand Prix to ensure there is no lasting damage from his practice crash in the Formula 1 season opener.

FIA to assess DRS zones after Chinese GP

The FIA will use the first two Formula 1 races to assess the impact of the 2017 regulations on how DRS operates – and if necessary will adjust the length of the zones at future races.