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The 2017 Chinese Grand Prix (officially the 2017 Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix)[1] was the second race of the 2017 Formula One season, and the 14th Chinese Grand Prix overall. It was held between 7 April and 9 April 2017.

In qualifying, Lewis Hamilton took his sixth pole position at the Shanghai International Circuit, with Sebastian Vettel joining him on the front row for the second time in a row. Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas was third, with Vettel's Ferrari teammate Kimi Räikkönen fourth.

In the race, Hamilton made a good start, and stayed comfortably ahead of the field for the entire race, always able to put on an extra burst of speed when necessary. Vettel survived a badly-timed pit stop, and was able to pull within 10 seconds of Hamilton, but never seriously threatened the lead. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen just held off teammate Daniel Ricciardo for the final spot on the podium.


BackgroundEdit

Previously in Australia, Sebastian Vettel took his first ever victory for Ferrari since the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix, putting him at the top of the Drivers' Championship on 25 points, the first time a Ferrari driver leads the championship since the 2012 Japanese Grand Prix. The Australian Grand Prix polesitter Lewis Hamilton finished second ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas, and Kimi Räikkönen and Max Verstappen filled out the top five.[2] Vettel's win and Räikkönen's fourth-place finish were enough to put Ferrari in the lead of the Constructors' Championship, with 37 points, four points ahead of Mercedes. Because Daniel Ricciardo did not finish the race, Red Bull only got ten points thanks to Verstappen's fifth-place finish, putting them third in the championship. Coincidentally, only Felipe Massa finished in the points for Williams; his sixth-place finish put them fourth in the standings, with eight points. Force India took fifth place in the standings, with seven points.[2]


Driver tyre choices
Team Driver Pirelli supersoft symbol Pirelli soft symbol Pirelli medium symbol Driver Pirelli supersoft symbol Pirelli soft symbol Pirelli medium symbol
Mercedes Hamilton 7 4 2 Bottas 7 4 2
Red Bull Ricciardo 7 4 2 Verstappen 7 4 2
Ferrari Vettel 7 4 2 Räikkönen 7 4 2
Force India Pérez 7 4 2 Ocon 7 4 2
Williams Massa 7 4 2 Stroll 7 4 2
McLaren Alonso 7 4 2 Vandoorne 7 4 2
Renault Hülkenberg 7 4 2 Palmer 7 4 2
Toro Rosso Kvyat 7 4 2 Sainz 7 4 2
Haas Grosjean 7 4 2 Magnussen 7 4 2
Sauber Ericsson 7 4 2 Giovinazzi 7 4 2

Like the race in 2016, supersoft, soft and medium tyres were confirmed for the 2017 race. As with the Australian Grand Prix, Pirelli declared that every driver must have seven sets of supersofts, four sets of softs, and two sets of mediums, since the drivers did not make their decisions before pre-season testing.[3]

With Vettel's win, there were predictions that Ferrari could become a title challenger alongside Mercedes. Vettel responded: "...we've also made a leap forward in terms of engine power, so we don't need to hide. Yes, Mercedes has a very strong package - you see that in qualifying where I believe that they are still a bit ahead. But a race is always a different matter. I would say that we've been slightly faster - and maybe you can make a difference as well."[4]

Despite Sauber's confidence that Pascal Wehrlein would compete after he withdrew from the first race due to not enough training,[5] they later determined that he will not participate at the Chinese Grand Prix, with Antonio Giovinazzi taking his place again.[6]

Entry listEdit

No. Driver Entrant Constructor Chassis Engine Model Tyre
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W08 EQ Power+ Mercedes M08 EQ Power+ P
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team Mercedes W08 EQ Power+ Mercedes M08 EQ Power+ P
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB13 TAG Heuer TAG Heuer P
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB13 TAG Heuer TAG Heuer P
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF70H Ferrari 062 P
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari SF70H Ferrari 062 P
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM10 Mercedes M08 EQ Power+ P
31 France Esteban Ocon India Sahara Force India F1 Team Force India VJM10 Mercedes M08 EQ Power+ P
19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams FW40 Mercedes M08 EQ Power+ P
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams Martini Racing Williams FW40 Mercedes M08 EQ Power+ P
14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren Honda McLaren MCL32 Honda RA617H P
2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren Honda McLaren MCL32 Honda RA617H P
27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault Sport F1 Team Renault R.S.17 Renault R.E.17 P
30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault Sport F1 Team Renault R.S.17 Renault R.E.17 P
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR12 Renault R.E.17 P
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR12 Renault R.E.17 P
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-17 Ferrari 062 P
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas F1 Team Haas VF-17 Ferrari 062 P
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber C36 Ferrari 061 P
36 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Sauber F1 Team Sauber C36 Ferrari 061 P
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Practice OverviewEdit

FP1Edit

FP2Edit

The second practice session was cancelled, due to the misty weather, meaning there was no way the medical helicopter could land at the hospital.[7]

FP3Edit

Practice ResultsEdit

NoDriverTeamFP1 FP2 FP3
TimePosTimePosTimePos
2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:57.445 12 No Time 1:36.221 19
3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1:54.038 8 No Time 1:35.092 7
5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari No Time 16 No Time 1:33.336 1
7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari No Time 17 No Time 1:33.389 2
8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 1:53.039 5 No Time 1:35.680 14
9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 2:15.138 13 No Time 1:36.063 18
11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes No Time 19 No Time 1:35.626 13
14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 1:53.520 7 No Time 1:35.912 17
18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:52.507 3 No Time 1:35.182 8
19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 1:52.086 2 No Time 1:34.773 5
20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 1:55.104 10 No Time 1:35.521 12
26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Toro Rosso 1:53.314 6 No Time 1:35.804 15
27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault 1:55.608 11 No Time 1:35.449 11
30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault No Time 15 No Time 1:35.192 9
31 France Esteban Ocon India Force India-Mercedes No Time 18 No Time 1:35.811 16
33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 1:50.491 1 No Time 1:34.946 6
36 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 2:15.281 14 No Time 1:36.705 20
44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes No Time 20 No Time 1:33.879 4
55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Toro Rosso 1:52.840 4 No Time 1:35.223 10
77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 1:54.664 9 No Time 1:33.707 3
Source: [8][9]

QualifyingEdit

Q1Edit

Q2Edit

Q3Edit

Qualifying ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Grid
Pos Time Pos Time Pos Time
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 2 1:33.333 3 1:32.406 1 1:31.678 1
2 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 11:33.078 21:32.391 21:31.864 2
3 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 41:33.684 41:32.552 31:31.865 3
4 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 31:33.341 11:32.181 41:32.140 4
5 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 61:34.041 51:33.546 51:33.033 5
6 19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 71:34.205 71:33.759 61:33.507 6
7 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault 91:34.453 61:33.636 71:33.580 7
8 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes 121:34.657 81:33.920 81:33.706 8
9 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Toro Rosso 81:34.440 91:34.034 91:33.719 9
10 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 51:33.986 101:34.090 101:34.220 10
11 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Toro Rosso 111:34.567 111:34.150 11
12 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 141:34.942 121:34.164 12
13 14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 101:34.499 131:34.372 13
14 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 131:34.892 141:35.046 14
15 36 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 151:34.963 15no time 18*
16 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 161:35.023 15
17 8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 171:35.223 19
18 30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault 181:35.279 20
19 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 191:35.433 16
20 31 France Esteban Ocon India Force India-Mercedes 201:35.496 17
107% time: 1:39.593
Source: [10]
  • * Giovinazzi was given a five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.[11]
  • Grosjean and Palmer were each given five-place grid penalties for not slowing down enough under double-waved yellow flags in Q1.[12]

GridEdit

Pos Pos
Driver Driver
______________
Row 1 1 ______________
Lewis Hamilton 2
______________ Sebastian Vettel
Row 2 3 ______________
Valtteri Bottas 4
______________ Kimi Räikkönen
Row 3 5 ______________
Daniel Ricciardo 6
______________ Felipe Massa
Row 4 7 ______________
Nico Hülkenberg 8
______________ Sergio Pérez
Row 5 9 ______________
Daniil Kvyat 10
______________ Lance Stroll
Row 6 11 ______________
Carlos Sainz, Jr. 12
______________ Kevin Magnussen
Row 7 13 ______________
Fernando Alonso 14
______________ Marcus Ericsson
Row 8 15 ______________
Stoffel Vandoorne 16
______________ Max Verstappen
Row 9 17 ______________
Esteban Ocon 18
______________ Antonio Giovinazzi*
Row 10 19 ______________
Romain Grosjean 20
______________ Jolyon Palmer

Source

RaceEdit

ReportEdit

ResultsEdit

Pos. No. Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 44 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Germany Mercedes 56 1:37:36.158 1 25
2 5 Germany Sebastian Vettel Italy Ferrari 56 +6.250 2 18
3 33 Netherlands Max Verstappen Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 56 +45.192 16 15
4 3 Australia Daniel Ricciardo Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 56 +46.035 5 12
5 7 Finland Kimi Räikkönen Italy Ferrari 56 +48.076 4 10
6 77 Finland Valtteri Bottas Germany Mercedes 56 +48.808 3 8
7 55 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. Italy Toro Rosso 56 +1:12.893 11 6
8 20 Denmark Kevin Magnussen United States Haas-Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 12 4
9 11 Mexico Sergio Pérez India Force India-Mercedes 55 +1 Lap 8 2
10 31 France Esteban Ocon India Force India-Mercedes 55 +1 Lap 17 1
11 8 France Romain Grosjean United States Haas-Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 19
12 27 Germany Nico Hülkenberg France Renault 55 +1 Lap 7
13 30 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer France Renault 55 +1 Lap 20
14 19 Brazil Felipe Massa United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 55 +1 Lap 6
15 9 Sweden Marcus Ericsson Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 55 +1 Lap 14
Ret 14 Spain Fernando Alonso United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 33 Driveshaft 13
Ret 26 Russia Daniil Kvyat Italy Toro Rosso 18 Hydraulics 9
Ret 2 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 17 Fuel pressure 15
Ret 36 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 3 Accident 18
Ret 18 Canada Lance Stroll United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 0 Collision 10
Source: [13]

MilestonesEdit

Standings after raceEdit

Drivers' World Championship
Pos. Driver Pts +/-
1 Germany Sebastian Vettel 43
1 United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton 43 ▲ 1
3 Netherlands Max Verstappen 25 ▲ 2
4 Finland Valtteri Bottas 23 ▼ 1
5 Finland Kimi Räikkönen 22 ▼ 1
6 Australia Daniel Ricciardo 12 ▲ 8
7 Spain Carlos Sainz, Jr. 10 ▲ 1
8 Brazil Felipe Massa 8 ▼ 2
9 Mexico Sergio Pérez 8 ▼ 2
10 Denmark Kevin Magnussen 4 ▲ 6
11 Russia Daniil Kvyat 2 ▼ 2
12 France Esteban Ocon 2 ▼ 2
13 Germany Nico Hülkenberg 0 ▼ 2
14 France Romain Grosjean 0
15 Italy Antonio Giovinazzi 0 ▼ 3
16 Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne 0 ▼ 3
17 United Kingdom Jolyon Palmer 0 ▼ 3
18 Sweden Marcus Ericsson 0 ▼ 4
Source:[14]
Constructors' World Championship
Pos. Team Pts +/-
1 Germany Mercedes 66 ▲ 1
2 Italy Ferrari 65 ▼ 1
3 Austria Red Bull-TAG Heuer 37
4 Italy Toro Rosso-Ferrari 12 ▲ 2
5 India Force India-Mercedes 10
6 United Kingdom Williams-Mercedes 8 ▼ 2
7 United States Haas-Ferrari 4 ▲ 3
8 France Renault 0 ▼ 1
9 Switzerland Sauber-Ferrari 0 ▼ 1
10 United Kingdom McLaren-Honda 0 ▼ 1
Source:[14]

NotesEdit

  1. "2017 Formula 1 Heineken Chinese Grand Prix". formula1.com. Formula One Administration. https://www.formula1.com/en/championship/races/2017/China.html. Retrieved 7 April 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Collantine, Keith (26 March 2017). "2017 Australian Grand Prix championship points". F1 Fanatic (Keith Collantine). http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2017/03/26/2017-australian-grand-prix-championship-points/. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  3. "Tyres Allocation for first 5 races". Formula1.com. Formula One Administration. 11 January 2017. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2017/1/f1-pirelli-tyre-choices-bahrain-russia.html. Retrieved 24 March 2017.
  4. "Ferrari don't need to hide from Mercedes - Sebastian Vettel Q&A". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 6 April 2017. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/interviews/2017/4/f1-china-ferrari-mercedes-vettel-hide.html. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  5. "Pascal Wehrlein not to start at the Australian Grand Prix". Sauber. 25 March 2017. http://www.sauberf1team.com/news/pascal-wehrlein-not-to-start-at-the-australian-grand-prix. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  6. SauberF1 (3 April 2017). "Preview – 2017 Formula One Heineken Chinese Grand Prix & Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix". http://www.sauberf1team.com/news/preview-2017-formula-one-heineken-chinese-grand-prix-gulf-air-bahrain-grand-prix-2. Retrieved 6 April 2017.
  7. "Bad weather prevents any FP2 running in China". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 7 April 2017. https://www.formula1.com/en/latest/headlines/2017/4/bad-weather-prevents-any-fp2-running-in-china.html. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  8. "2017 Chinese Grand Prix – Practice 1 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 7 April 2017. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2017/races/960/china/practice-1.html. Retrieved 7 April 2017.
  9. "2017 Chinese Grand Prix – Practice 3 results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 8 April 2017. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2017/races/960/china/practice-3.html. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  10. "2017 Chinese Grand Prix – Qualifying results". Formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 8 April 2017. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2017/races/960/china/qualifying.html. Retrieved 8 April 2017.
  11. Cooper, Adam (9 April 2017). "Antonio Giovinazzi picks up F1 grid penalty for Chinese GP". Autosport. http://www.autosport.com/news/report.php/id/128874/giovinazzi-picks-up-china-grid-penalty. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
  12. Barretto, Lawrence (8 April 2017). "Grosjean, Palmer hit with grid penalties". motorsport.com (Motorsport Network). https://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/grosjean-palmer-hit-with-grid-penalties-891115/. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  13. "China Grand Prix 2017 Race Results". formula1.com (Formula One Administration). 9 April 2017. https://www.formula1.com/en/results.html/2017/races/960/china/race-result.html. Retrieved 9 April 2017.
  14. 14.0 14.1 Collantine, Keith (9 April 2017). "2017 Chinese Grand Prix championship points". F1 Fanatic (Keith Collantine). http://www.f1fanatic.co.uk/2017/04/09/2017-chinese-grand-prix-championship-points/. Retrieved 15 April 2017.
V T E 2017 Formula One Season
Teams Ferrari • Force India • Haas • McLaren • Mercedes • Red Bull • Renault • Sauber • Toro Rosso • Williams
Engines Ferrari • Honda • Mercedes • Renault • TAG Heuer
Drivers Vandoorne • 3 Ricciardo • 5 Vettel • 7 Räikkönen • 8 Grosjean • 9 Ericsson • 11 Pérez • 14 Alonso • 18 Stroll • 19 Massa • 20 Magnussen • 26 Kvyat • 27 Hülkenberg • 30 Palmer • 31 Ocon • 33 Verstappen • 36 Giovinazzi • 44 Hamilton • 55 Sainz • 77 Bottas • 94 Wehrlein
Other Drivers Calderon • Celis • di Resta • Fong • Fuoco • Gasly • Kari • Matsushita • Russell • Turvey
Cars Ferrari SF70H • Force India VJM10 • Haas VF-17 • McLaren MCL32 • Mercedes AMG F1 W08 EQ Power+ • Red Bull RB13 • Renault R.S.17 • Sauber C36 • Toro Rosso STR12 • Williams FW40
Tyres Pirelli
Races Australia • China • Bahrain • Russia • Spain • Monaco • Canada • Azerbaijan • Austria • Britain • Hungary • Belgium • Italy • Singapore • Malaysia • Japan • United States • Mexico • Brazil • Abu Dhabi
Tests Barcelona 1 • Barcelona 2
See also 2016 Formula One Season • 2018 Formula One Season • Category
China Chinese Grand Prix
Circuits Shanghai International Circuit (2004–present)
ShanghaiCircuit1
Races 2004 • 2005 • 2006 • 2007 • 2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012 • 2013 • 2014 • 2015 • 2016 • 2017


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