Lewis Hamilton makes history again
Lewis Hamilton has made history once more in Formula 1. On Sunday, the British Mercedes won in China the 1000th Grand Prix of the World Championship since its inception in 1950. Second on the starting grid, he overtook his teammate Valtteri Bottas to cruise towards an easy 75th win. With this second success of the season, he took the Finnish spot at the top of the table, for six points. On this day of new breakup for Ferrari, he may have thought more about his sixth title than anything else because he finally did not find it useful to go for the best lap for the bonus point.
Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas also offered the German team their 47th double, the third in a row, a first for the start of the season since Williams in 1992.
Not performant during qualification, Ferrari did not perform either during the race, and even had to sacrifice Charles Leclerc, third at the beginning of the race, to save the third place of Sebastian Vettel. At the 11th of the 56 laps, the Scuderia ordered the Monaco driver to let the German pass. This decision allowed Vettel to remain in front of Max Verstappen (Red Bull) at the pit stop game, but at the same time broke the race of his young recruit. Morale, too.
With Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas ahead of everyone else, and Ferrari focused on countering Max Verstappen, Pierre Gasly (Red Bull) finished sixth, and he is not sure that the point of the best lap in the race he managed to gain has changed the outlook of his poor start of the season.