May 29, 2024

Red Bull star Max Verstappen gets double wins in Formula 1's return to China

Red Bull star Max Verstappen gets double wins in Formula 1
Remarkably, Max Verstappen won in China for the first time. (Photo: Red Bull Racing)
Super Max adds a new unique trophy to the collection.

 

Remarkably, Max Verstappen won in China for the first time, taking the Grand Prix Sunday in Shanghai, on top of his Sprint victory on Saturday.

 

 

 

The Red Bull star won by almost 14 seconds in the Chinese Grand Prix, extending his lead in the 2024 Formula 1 season by winning his fourth Grand Prix out of five races.

 

Adding his win during the first Sprint of the year, Verstappen is up to 110 points, starting to create some separation on Red Bull teammate Sergio Perez, who has 85 points for second.

 

It was an eventful weekend in China, with the main Grand Prix seeing two safety cars after three retirements courtesy of Valterri Bottas of Sauber, and the RB tandem of Yuki Tsunoda and Daniel Ricciardo.

 

Even with the safety cars however, Max once again displayed driving dominance, one that actually started the day prior when he took the lead halfway through the Sprint race against longtime rival Lewis Hamilton despite starting from fourth place, and then won by 13 seconds.

 

McLaren’s Lando Norris finished in P2, marking his best for the year. Lando’s second place also broke the streak of 1-2s by the same teams during the first four races of the season.

 

 

 

Norris was actually set up to have a big weekend after getting pole for the Sprint race. Unfortunately, he only finished 6th Saturday, but Sunday’s result in the main Grand Prix after starting P4 provides some consolation.

 

Checo finished his weekend with double podiums, finishing third in both the Sprint and the main Grand Prix.

 

The Ferrari duo of Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz finished P4 and P5 respectively, with Sainz dropping out of the podium for the first time this season.

 

George Russell crossed the line P6 for Mercedes, followed by Fernando Alonso in the Aston Martin, Oscar Piastri in the other McLaren, Lewis Hamilton in the second Mercedes, and Nico Hulkenberg for Haas.