Pastor Maldonado Wins, James James Davies Last on Return


162Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes1:33.016
229Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:33.093
363Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes1:33.220
430Dean StonemanSauber-Judd1:33.324
51Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:33.578
634Valtteri BottasTheodore-Judd1:33.700
72Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd1:33.888
833Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd1:34.126
928Daniel MelroseFerrari1:34.353
1027Dave CassidyFerrari1:34.468
1121Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd1:35.062
1222Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd1:35.434
1324Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes1:35.508
1466Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari1:35.699
1523Pierre GaslyFAST-Mercedes1:35.264*
16118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-Mercedes1:35.789
17119Felix RosenqvistDawson-Mercedes1:35.791
1867Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1:36.189
1991Max VerstappenCalinetic-Judd1:36.397
2055Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1:36.511
2156Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes1:36.545
225Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Mercedes1:36.653
236Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes1:36.690
2490James James DaviesCalinetic-Judd1:36.767

* demoted three places for causing an avoidable accident


Jules Bianchi tried everything to beat his younger teammate, but failed to do so in the end.

Despite the still-ongoing fight for the 2019 championship, the major story in the lead-up to the first Chinese Grand Prix of 2019 was the comeback of former world champion James James Davies, who returned to the site of his then-final Grand Prix, joining Calinetic as the second former world champion to drive for the Jamaican team.

His 24th position in qualifying meant that he was not a contender in the upcoming race, however. That role went as usual to the two Precisions and the two Saubers. The Swiss team was able to add another win to the column, after Pastor Maldonado jumped the black enemies at the start and controlled the race after a few laps.

In fact, it seemed like the two Precision drivers were much more concerned about fighting with each other than containing the world championship leader. They fought tooth and nail over second place, with the fight going down to the very last lap. The Spanish young gun overcame his French veteran teammate in the end.

Dean Stoneman finished 22.222 seconds behind Maldonado, which means that he will need outside help to regain the championship lead. Other impressive performances came from Valtteri Bottas, who defeated Lewis Hamilton, and Pierre Gasly, who came from 15th to add another point to FAST’s tally.


129Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd49:52.58715
263Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes+8.07712
362Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes+8.67310
41Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd+20.7508
530Dean StonemanSauber-Judd+22.2226
634Valtteri BottasTheodore-Judd+29.8315
72Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd+34.1654
833Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd+35.9323
927Dave CassidyFerrari+42.9942
1023Pierre GaslyFAST-Mercedes+82.1821
1121Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd+83.9500
1222Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd+84.4220
1324Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes+90.8310
1466Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari+92.5510
15119Felix RosenqvistDawson-Mercedes1 Lap0
1667Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1 Lap0
17118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-Mercedes1 Lap0
1855Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1 Lap0
196Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes1 Lap0
2090James James DaviesCalinetic-Judd1 Lap0
2156Sergey SirotkinMansell-MercedesTransmission0
DNF91Max VerstappenCalinetic-JuddSuspension0
DNF28Daniel MelroseFerrariEngine0
DNF5Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-MercedesAccident0

Fastest Lap:

Dean Stoneman – 1:34.235

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Pierre Gasly – he overcame a grid penalty and won a close battle for 10th place.

Reject Of The Race:

Marvin Kirchhöfer – crashed out unprovoked, he must want 2019 to be over.