F1: Mercedes clinch a third consecutive one-two at ‘Race 1000’ as Daniel Ricciardo leads the midfield

It was his 75th win at Formula 1’s 1,000th race – Lewis Hamilton took the top spot in Shanghai as Ferrari were left struggling to compete with the Silver Arrows.

Ferrari seemed to fall foul of their race strategy, with Charles Leclerc voicing his concerns after being ordered to allow Sebastian Vettel past early on in the race.

Vettel failed to take advantage of the team orders as the two Mercedes’ maintained a strong distance ahead of the Scuderia.

Clearly frustrated, Leclerc’s race seemed to be hampered by the switch, finishing only fifth. Seemingly today was not the day for redemption for his heartbreaking engine failure in Bahrain.

Late in the race Max Verstappen managed to make his way past the Monegasque in order to finish in P4.

Despite managing his best result of the season thus far, Pierre Gasly again faced difficulty in matching the pace of his Red Bull teammate, as he continues to settle into his new team. Gasly was promoted from Toro Rosso to fill Daniel Ricciardo’s seat for 2019.

Speaking of Ricciardo, the Australian led the midfield, finishing in P7 ahead of Racing Point’s Sergio Perez. It was his first race finish since Abu Dhabi 2018, suffering two DNFs in the first two races of the 2019 season.

Nico Hulkenberg was forced to retire for his second consecutive race. Renault have said they retired the German after he reported an issue with his car. The team are yet to say what the issue was.

A collision in the opening lap dogged Lando Norris throughout his race. Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat made contact with both Norris and his McLaren teammate Carlos Sainz at turn six.

Kvyat clipped Sainz, which sent him flying into Norris. The British rookie suffered floor damage and struggled to progress from the back of the grid after pitting. He was ultimately forced to retire with two laps to go.

Kvyat was handed a drive-through penalty by the stewards for “causing a collision”, following the incident.

His teammate Alex Albon won the F1 Driver of the Day fan vote after spectacularly finishing in P10 despite starting from the pit-lane.

The 1,001st Formula 1 grand prix takes place in Baku, Azerbaijan from 13:10 BST April 28.

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