Starting Grid 2019 Chinese F1 GP

Start/finish straight Shanghai International Circuit

Event: Chinese Grand Prix
Track: Shanghai International Circuit
Start time: 14:10 (local) | 7:10 GMT | 23:10 PT

Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas claimed his first pole position of the season and the 1000th in Formula 1 history. He qualified just 0.02 seconds ahead of his team mate Lewis Hamilton, with both using the soft and the medium tyres during qualifying. The top five on the grid tomorrow will all start on the medium compound.

Start Grid 2019 Chinese F1 GP

PosNoDriverTeamLap Time
177Valtteri BottasMercedes 1:31.547
244Lewis HamiltonMercedes 1:31.570
35Sebastian VettelFerrari 1:31.848
416Charles LeclercFerrari 1:31.865
533Max VerstappenRed Bull 1:32.089
610Pierre GaslyRed Bull 1:32.930
73Daniel RicciardoRenault 1:32.958
827Nico HülkenbergRenault 1:32.962
920Kevin MagnussenHaas               -
108Romain GrosjeanHaas               -
1126Daniil KvyatToro Rosso 1:33.236
1211Sergio PérezRacing Point 1:33.299
137Kimi RäikkönenAlfa Romeo 1:33.419
1455Carlos SainzMcLaren 1:33.523
154Lando NorrisMcLaren 1:33.967
1618Lance StrollRacing Point 1:34.292
1763George RussellWilliams 1:35.253
1888Robert KubicaWilliams 1:35.281
1999Antonio GiovinazziAlfa Romeo               -
PL23Alexander AlbonToro Rosso               -


  • 5 places grid penalty for Alexander Albon (23) Toro Rosso for replacement gearbox


Quickest Race Strategy 2019 Chinese F1 GP

The fastest strategy for the 56-lap Chinese Grand Prix is a one-stopper: start on red soft for 18 laps, then white hard to the end. The second-quickest approach is also a one-stopper, but this time starting on the yellow medium tyre for 19 laps before going on to the hard. Finally, there’s a two-stopper – but this is clearly slower. Start on soft for 15 laps, then another soft stint for 15 laps, and finally hard to the finish. After an extremely warm Saturday, tomorrow’s weather should be slightly cooler and similar to Friday, meaning that the teams can rely quite accurately on the data collected during free practice.

2019 quickest race strategy in China

Important to know for the race:

  • Starting tyres. Both Ferrari's and Mercedes, as well as the Red Bull of Max Verstappen will start on medium tyres, having used them to set their best Q2 times.
  • Mixed strategies. The front runners will be using what’s theoretically only the second-fastest strategy, which could have an interesting effect.
  • The front-left tyre. This is the one that’s most stressed around the track.
  • The weather. Today has been very warm, with track temperatures reaching 41 degrees, but in China conditions are famously variable. Expect warm weather for the race.
  • Alex Albon: the Toro Rosso driver didn’t take part in qualifying after his crash in FP3 so will start from the pit lane tomorrow. Alfa Romeo’s Antonio Giovinazzi also did not set a time in Q1 and so will start from the back. Both have a full allocation of tyres.

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3 F1 Fan comments on “Starting Grid 2019 Chinese F1 GP

  1. Roger Caroll

    Quite astounding that only 3 teams do not have paired times. This suggests that it is easier to get the best time out of the car at least in qualifying set up. For me this is tricky mixture and will put an even bigger premium on tyre change strategy but against that the low temperature forecast could favour longer runs. Fascinating


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