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2024 Chinese GP


George Russell
1:40.112 Fastest Lap
56 Laps
Lewis Hamilton
1:40.835 Fastest Lap
56 Laps
Lewis Hamilton
Time: 32:17.703
George Russell
Time: 32:30.356
Grand Prix Qualifying
George Russell
1:34.433 Fastest Lap
20 Laps
Lewis Hamilton
1:35.573 Fastest Lap
6 Laps
Sprint Shootout
Lewis Hamilton
Time: 1:59.201
George Russell
Time: 1:36.345

George and Lewis finished the Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit in 6th and 9th place respectively

Formula 1 returned to China this weekend for the first time in five years. The enthusiastic Chinese fans in the packed grandstands witnessed a race that was characterised by strategy and a few incidents.

George started the Grand Prix from P8 on the Medium tyres and was able to make up two places against the two Ferrari drivers Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz right at the start.

He then moved up to P6 and chased the McLaren of Oscar Piastri. From lap 10 onwards, however, his tyres slowly dropped off and he had to let Leclerc go. As he was struggling too much with his tyres, the team brought George in for his first stop on lap 12 and changed to a fresh set of Mediums.

After a difficult qualifying session, Lewis started from 18th on the grid and decided together with the team to start the race on the Soft tyres.

Unfortunately, he got squeezed at the start and lost a place. But not for long. In the early stages, he fought his way through the field and overtook local hero Zhou Guanyu and Kevin Magnussen early on.

However, he then got stuck in traffic and brought his pit stop forward, switching from Soft to Medium tyres on lap 10.

Lewis completed his second stop on lap 22 after the retirement of Valtteri Bottas (Sauber) caused a virtual safety car. He switched from the Medium tyre compound to the Hard compound.

Shortly after the stop, the safety car was deployed, which George also used for his second stop. He also opted for the Hard compound.

After several incidents in the field shortly before the restart, the safety car remained on the track. When the race was restarted on lap 33, Lewis passed Esteban Ocon (Alpine) and moved up into the points in P10.

A few laps later, Lewis also overtook Nico Hülkenberg in the Haas and chased Piastri, whose McLaren likely picked up some damage in the melee on the first safety car restart.

In the closing stages of the race, both drivers managed their tyres to defend themselves against Alonso, who rushed through the field from behind on fresh Medium tyres after another pit stop.

Lewis had no chance against the charging Spaniard, but George was able to stay ahead of him. In the end, George and Lewis saw the chequered flag after 56 laps in P6 and P9.

From Shanghai, it's now on to Miami, where the second sprint weekend of the 2024 F1 season is scheduled for Round 6 in a fortnight's time.

George Russell

Starting P8 and making up a few positions was what we were expecting from today’s race. The result is probably a fair one and we know we have work to do. We’ve had a similar battle with Alonso and Piastri in the last three races so P6 is about where our car is at present.

It was interesting weekend, overall. With the Sprint format, we ended up having two very different set-ups on the car from Friday and Saturday morning into the rest of the weekend. There’s lots to pick through and hopefully things to build on. We need to keep on adding performance to the car in order to finish higher up the grid. We will keep working hard to do so.

Lewis Hamilton

I went forwards and got into the points, but it was a tough race. Ultimately, I made a bad set-up change to the car yesterday and I paid the price for it. I plan to make sure I don’t do that in the future! The car does seem to work in a small window, and I did think it was the correct thing to do. Sadly, it made today very difficult. The team did a great job with the pit stops though and George did well to score some solid points. I’m sure the next race in Miami will be better.

Whilst I didn’t have the best race, it’s still been awesome to see the incredible fans here. They are some of the best anywhere in the world. I am so grateful to see them again after several years away and it made for a brilliant atmosphere.

Toto Wolff, Team Principal & CEO

Considering where we started today and more importantly, where we had put the cars in terms of their set-up after the Sprint, P6 and P9 was the best prediction from our pre-race simulations. The car that we have under us is not currently fast enough. However, we must make sure that we are not trying to find a silver bullet each weekend when it comes to how we run the car; we need to focus on getting the basics right, and maximising the package we have. Today, we didn’t have the car in the right window: we made too many extreme changes after the Sprint and that made the most important part of the weekend much more challenging. We know that today’s result is not strong enough overall, so we must dig deep to make improvements. The pack behind Red Bull is close, and small details can make a big difference in terms of finishing position. We have developments to bring in the coming races which we hope are a step forward and will improve the car.

Andrew Shovlin, Trackside Engineering Director

It was always going to be a tough race for us. We're not quick enough currently and we didn't qualify well. Our finishing positions were exactly where we'd forecast them to be this morning. George couldn't really have got more out of it; he got a good start which put him ahead of the Ferraris, but we'd taken a bit too much out of the rear tyres in that first stint and had to box earlier than planned. That early stop would have been more painful to deal with, but the two Safety Car periods were helpful for us and neutralised the tyre age offset. The race from there on was straightforward. We were not quick enough to attack Sainz but had the pace to stay ahead of Fernando.

Lewis's race wasn't easy as he didn't gain much off the line on the Soft tyre. He then got stuck in a traffic jam on the inside line around Turn 2 and lost to cars on the wide line. We had made some changes to his car after the Sprint and clearly, they didn’t improve the car. It made Qualifying and the race difficult. He was struggling to turn the car and having to use the power to do so, which was hurting the rear tyres. We decided to pit him under the Virtual Safety Car to offset to other cars, but most of our competitors did the same once the Safety Car was deployed. We benefitted from a couple of cars dropping out ahead but, considering the early part of the race, it was a relief to get some points. We will work hard to ensure we do a better job at the next race in Miami.

2024 Chinese GP Result


Max Verstappen

Red Bull



Lando Norris




Sergio Pérez

Red Bull



Charles Leclerc




Carlos Sainz




George Russell




Fernando Alonso

Aston Martin



Oscar Piastri




Lewis Hamilton




Nico Hülkenberg




Esteban Ocon




Alexander Albon




Pierre Gasly




Zhou Guanyu




Lance Stroll

Aston Martin



Kevin Magnussen




Logan Sargeant



Daniel Ricciardo

Racing Bulls


Yuki Tsunoda

Racing Bulls


Valtteri Bottas