2018 Chinese GP: Alonso Battles His Way to 7th in Shanghai

Fernando Alonso battled his way through to 7th place, in an eventful Chinese Grand Prix. Starting 13th, Fernando had to make up places quickly off the start – which he did. Getting into 11th place after the start, managing his one stop strategy, he eventually overtook Magnussen and Vettel to finish 7th.

Points in the first three races of the 2018 season are a great start for Fernando and McLaren, but it’s clear that McLaren has work to do in qualifying.

2018 Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix Race Results
#DriverTeamEngineGapPoints
1.australia Daniel Ricciardo Red BullTAG1:35:36.38025
2.finland Valtteri Bottas MercedesMercedes8.89418
3.finland Kimi Raikkonen FerrariFerrari9.63715
4.united_kingdom Lewis Hamilton MercedesMercedes16.98512
5.netherlands Max Verstappen Red BullTAG20.43610
6.germany Nico Hulkenberg RenaultRenault21.0528
7.spain Fernando Alonso McLarenRenault30.6396
8.germany Sebastian Vettel FerrariFerrari35.2864
9.spain Carlos Sainz RenaultRenault35.7632
10.denmark Kevin Magnussen HaasFerrari39.5941

Fernando’s great move on the penultimate lap of the race left Vettel in tears, as usually.

Fernando Alonso:

“Again, on Sundays we seem to deliver better than any other day, which is good as this is when points are given out.

“It was a well-executed race from our side – P13 at the start and P11 after the first lap. The Safety Car didn’t play into our hands as we were on a one-stop strategy and we’d just pitted onto good, fresh tyres which were going to take us to the end, but the Safety Car gave everyone else the opportunity to pit.

“We had good battles with Haas and Ferrari, even though the latter wasn’t really a fair fight as Sebastian apparently had damage on his car and was struggling in the corners. We caught up with him, saw that the door was open in one corner, so we went for it.

“P7 is a great result for the team after a difficult weekend, but there’s no doubt that we have to improve. Our pace wasn’t there all weekend and we were still not fast enough in the race.

“It was great to see more people here in the grandstands than in previous years, thanks to the Chinese fans!”

Enjoy Fernando’s post race interview & team radios from the Chinese Grand Prix weekend.