The Good, the Bad and the Ugly of the Chinese Grand Prix

The return of the Chinese Grand Prix after a gap of 5 years had Formula 1 fans and owners buzzing and most importantly, it marked the first sprint race of the 2024 season. The circuit was put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Shanghai International Circuit finally opened to host the Chinese Grand Prix on 21 April. It has exposed many incidents from the good, the bad and the ugly. Next to the Grand Prix.

The Chinese Grand Prix was a pure success, and it set up Red Bull’s mighty Max Verstappen to win his first ever title in China, also putting in a number of record-breaking performances. But every rose has its thorn, and we can see that with racing legends like Lewis Hamilton or, for example, Mercedes, losing major points after success in the qualification round. And this was not all; The Grand Prix also saw a major crash between Lance Stroll and Daniel Ricciardo.

Good: Chinese Grand Prix resumes after 5 years with first edition of sprint race of 2024 season

The weekend of the Chinese Grand Prix was a real success, as it also included the first sprint race of the season. Max Verstappen, considered an underdog at the Shanghai International Circuit, shattered all myths by placing first in the sprint race as well as the final race of the Chinese Grand Prix, making him a record 26 race wins across 26 circuits. Although his qualifying stages were not as exciting as they seemed, he gave it his all in the final race and took the win.

Max Verstappen broke the record at the Chinese Grand Prix, and it was a successful finish for him as well as Red Bull, as they added points to their championship tally and left the other franchises behind in the trials. The Shanghai International Circuit turned out to be a blockbuster full of events after the return saw some underdogs do well and see a huge difference in the qualifying stage of the race compared to the final race, which also included the sprint and final. race day

The Bad: Mercedes failed to make the podium despite promising performances in the sprint races and qualifying

The Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and George Russell showed a promising display in qualifying for the sprint race, with Hamilton finishing second but Russell finishing 11th. The sprint race was a success, as Hamilton managed to finish second and Russell moved up the charts with an 8th position finish in the sprint. Mercedes were confident that one of their drivers would take a place on the podium in the final race.

Lewis Hamilton (left) and Hamilton (right) with Russell
Lewis Hamilton (left) and George Russell (right)
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As the final day’s races unfolded, Mercedes failed to live up to the expectations of its fans as neither driver secured a podium finish, leaving Hamilton’s fans angry as he finished 9th, but his teammate Russell managed to finish 6th. He managed to secure some points for Mercedes. Overall, apart from the sprint race, Mercedes have not had as promising a Grand Prix as they thought they would be and will now shift their gears to the Miami circuit and focus there on gaining speed.

The ugly: Mixed feelings about Lance Stroll after crash with Daniel Ricciardo

On the final race day of the Chinese Grand Prix, there was an ugly collision that involved Lance Stroll and Daniel Ricciardo, which resulted in the car being dropped from the race due to the car’s inability to deal with the damage. Stroll was lucky enough to finish at least 15th but did not secure any points for the team and ended up receiving 2 penalty points for the crash. The crash blew the fans’ minds, and they took trolling to the next level of internet trolling, with Ricciardo also excited in the post-race interview.

In a post-race interview, Ricciardo appeared to lose his cool as he made a statement about the crash: “I’m trying my best not to say what I want to say, but to say that guy.” The Chinese Grand Prix has unleashed plenty of incidents, with the crash standing out as the ugliest of them all, and it has heaped a lot of blame on Lance Stroll.

But trying to change what has already happened is like trying to ring a bell. The race moves to Miami, which is set to unfold in the first week of May, and drivers and teams await what the season will hold.

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