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Magnussen and Stroll are at the end because of stupid accidents, and Tsunoda failed himself. Chinese GP scores

Date: July 13, 2024 Time: 19:01:09

The fifth stage of Formula 1 of the 2024 season is in the author’s subjective assessments.

Max Verstappen – 9

In China, the Dutchman was unstoppable in both races and comfortably distanced himself from the pack in both Saturday’s sprint and Sunday’s Grand Prix, scoring 33 points out of a possible 34 (the bonus for the best lap went to Alonso). However, in Friday’s shootout, which took place in difficult weather conditions, Verstappen was still not flawless.

Lando Norris – 8.5

In China, Norris took his second podium of the season and his first pole, but so far only before the sprint race. But Lando couldn’t implement it either: he overdid it in the first corner, lost several positions at once and was left out of the top 5. This episode clearly showed that the Briton still lacks experience and composure.

Norris, Verstappen and Pérez on the podium of the Chinese Grand Prix

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Nico Hulkenberg – 8.5

Saturday’s sprint was unsuccessful for Hulk: due to a wrong setup, the German’s tires wore out too quickly, but on Sunday Nico had a simply brilliant performance. After reaching Q3, he started in the top ten and led the fight in the second step almost the entire distance, for which he was rewarded with a classification point.

Carlos Leclerc – 8

Ferrari suddenly lost momentum on the hard tires, and on the hard tires, Leclerc lost half a second per lap to Norris. In such conditions, fourth place was the maximum, but let’s not forget that in the final run, Leclerc was the first to leave the wet track, and at the beginning of the Grand Prix he almost pushed his teammate into the gravel.

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George Russell – 8

Like Leclerc, Russell failed to qualify for the sprint and scored only one point in the short race, but achieved the maximum in the long race, also leaving Fernando Alonso behind. For the second weekend in a row, George scored more points than the car’s pace allowed. Everything indicates that in the 2025 season Russell will be Mercedes’ main hope.

Fernando Alonso – 8

Alonso also had a good weekend, although he did not take advantage of his opportunity in the sprint, when, after a small blur, he was forced to collide with Sainz until the point of contact. On Sunday, if it weren’t for the safety car, Alonso would have been in the top five, but in the end he was only seventh. But at least I had fun in the end!

Alonso lost his place in the top 5 due to lack of hard tires

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Carlos Sainz – 7.5

It was a complicated weekend for Sainz. Carlos beat Leclerc at the stop, but narrowly missed him in the sprint and finished behind. At the start of the Grand Prix, the Spaniard repeated Norris’ mistake: he attacked from the outside in the first corner and almost fell into the gravel. Fifth place is a decent result, but more was expected from the until then brilliant Spaniard.

Pierre Gasly – 7.5

The Shanghai stage was the best for Gasly this season. Pierre was for the first time ahead of his teammate in qualifying (so far, however, only in qualifying for the sprint), made his way into Q2 for the first time and then repeated his best result in the Grand Prix : 13th place. It will be interesting to see what the Frenchman shows in Miami when he receives his updates.

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Valtteri Bottas – 7.5

For the third time in a row, Valtteri fights for points and loses everything for reasons beyond his control. It is true that this time the Finn was not disappointed by the pit stop, but by the power plant. On a positive note, it should be noted that during the weekend Bottas twice reached the third segment of the classification, although in the four previous “Kick-Sauber” stages he had never been in the final.

Sergio Perez – 7

Cheko returned to work this weekend with clarity and confidence, but this time he was not one, but two steps behind Verstappen. On both occasions Pérez finished third, although in Max’s hands the same technique was unattainable for his rivals. At the same time, there would still have been chances to overtake Norris if Sergio had not destroyed the tires in the fight with Leclerc.

Even on a strong weekend, Perez can’t catch Verstappen

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Oscar Piastri – 7

Piastri once again had the opportunity to feel like a debutante: Oscar had never performed in Shanghai before. The Australian didn’t make any major mistakes, but he consistently trailed a bit to Norris, and then took a hit from Ricciardo and Stroll and drove for half the race with a damaged rear diffuser. Four points in such conditions is a success.

Esteban Ocón – 7

With the updated car, Ocon had a good race on Sunday, after which he stopped just one step away from the top 10. However, on Friday Esteban managed to lose in a penalty shootout to Pierre Gasly, who had an older and heavier chassis. . Because of this, Ocon had to take risks in the fight with his teammate, which will hardly have a positive impact on the team.

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Alejandro Albon – 7

In China, Williams had problems with tire wear: Albon had no chance to fight for points and, as a result, the Thai spent the entire race fighting with the Alpin drivers and ended up between them. If we talk about the sprint, Alex, in principle, did not put in much effort and decided to take care of the car prudently.

Daniel Ricciardo – 6.5

With the new chassis, the Australian really improved and had his best weekend of the season, but not brilliant. In the sprint, Dan gained three positions and showed potential, but on the first lap of the main race he lost the same three positions and found himself too far from the top 10. Well, then the distracted Stroll flew into Ricciardo’s car.

After a chassis change, Ricciardo had his best weekend of the season

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Lewis Hamilton – 6

Another mediocre weekend for the former champion. Second place in the sprint was impressive, but even then Lewis made a mistake in the penultimate corner, making it easier for Verstappen to overtake. But qualifying and the race turned out to be a nightmare: relegation to Q1, a tense fight with the outsiders and finishing in ninth place. It seems that Hamilton’s thoughts are already on Ferrari.

Guanyu Zhou – 5.5

Like Hamilton, Zhou looked great in the sprint: he entered SQ3 and finished just a step outside the top eight. In this context, expectations for the home Grand Prix were very high, but Guanyu did not live up to it: a mistake in qualifying, which led to relegation to Q1, a bad start and only 14th place at the end.

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Logan Sargent – 5

The Chinese Grand Prix was not easy for the American. Sargent spun in the first segment, started last, and from the pit lane, and then received a 10-second penalty for passing in safety car mode, which dropped Logan back to last place. It’s a shame, because this time his pace was more stable and higher than usual.

Yuki Tsunoda – 4.5

On an unknown track, Yuki once again looked as insecure as in his first seasons in F1. In the penalty shootout, Tsunoda lost half a second to Ricciardo, in the standings – 0.3. It must be admitted that the Japanese started brilliantly and regained five positions at once, however, even before Magnussen’s blow, Yuki was not fighting for high positions.

Tsunoda disappointed in Shanghai

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Kevin Magnussen – 3

The Dane looked very good in the sprint, although he did not manage to score points, but then his weekend went from bad to worse. First, Magnussen lost half a second to Hulk in qualifying, and then suddenly spun Tsunoda, for which he received a logical fine and finally showed the worst result of the 2024 season.

Spear ride – 2

Stroll’s collision with Ricciardo behind the safety car is the most ridiculous incident of the season so far. No matter how Lance justified himself, the accident was caused by his carelessness. Yes, sometimes drivers can act unpredictably behind a safety car, but this only emphasizes the need for constant concentration.

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