A five-second time penalty for an “unsafe re-entry” meant that the Ferrari driver missed out on what would have been his first win of the 2019 season.
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.
He’d dominated the entire weekend and had so far ran a near perfect race, but with ten laps to go, engine troubles left Charles Leclerc a sitting duck.
In his second ever race for Ferrari, Charles Leclerc will start tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix at the front of the grid. The Scuderia have enjoyed a transformation in fortunes since Melbourne, with Mercedes trailing on the second row.
The Mercedes driver has returned to Formula 1 on top form after just edging his teammate Valtteri Bottas to P1 at Albert Park.
Sauber has announced it will be heading into the 2019 Formula 1 season under a new name: Alfa Romeo Racing.
Formula 1’s driver line-up is seeing its most sweeping changes in years, as titans of the grid switch teams, fresh faces make their debuts and some old names make their return to the paddock.