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