15 April 2018
Three and a half hours after the race...
The 2018 season is getting more and more exciting. In China it looked like Sebastian Vettel was in a very strong position until the pitstops when he was jumped by Valtteri Bottas in fine style. Then Bottas looked to be on his way to glory until the two Toro Rossos collided and a Safety Car was despatched. Red Bull reacted instantly. Mercedes did not. They could not have helped Bottas because he was past the pit entry before the Safety Car was declared, but if they had called in Lewis Hamilton (who was racing between the two Red Bulls), he might have become a challenger later in the race. Instead Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo suddenly burst into the game. Bottas and Vettel were on older rubber but had missed the chance to pit. Verstappen was too forceful (again) and ended up colliding with Vettel. Ricciardo was more measured and took the lead from Bottas with a glorious overtake on lap 45. It had been a great race, with great scraps down through the field.
- We look at the Toro Rosso's success in Bahrain
- Fernando Alonso tells us what young racers need to know
- We report on the F1 Festival in Shanghai
- We remember John Miles
- JS hopes that F1 people will be sensible in their commercial dealings
- DT things that Shanghai could use a little less security
- Peter Nygaard paints pictures with pixels
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