Flawed Driving in Second Chinese Grand Prix, Maldonado Wins


163Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-Mercedes1:32.612
229Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd1:32.775
330Dean StonemanSauber-Judd1:32.906
42Lewis HamiltonCaterham-Judd1:33.096
51Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:33.123
634Valtteri BottasTheodore-Judd1:33.269
733Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd1:33.556
862Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes1:33.801
928Daniel MelroseFerrari1:33.847
1027Dave CassidyFerrari1:33.992
1122Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd1:34.647
1221Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd1:34.892
1323Pierre GaslyFAST-Mercedes1:34.974
1424Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes1:35.016
1566Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari1:35.095
16119Felix RosenqvistDawson-Mercedes1:35.129
175Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Mercedes1:35.251
1890James James DaviesCalinetic-Judd1:35.432
1967Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1:35.783
2091Max VerstappenCalinetic-Judd1:35.865
2155Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes1:35.952
22118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-Mercedes1:36.002
236Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes1:36.058
2456Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes1:36.063


Einar Ármannsson threw a podium finish away with this mistake, but he should still consider himself lucky.

One of the most common criticisms of contemporary F1 is that the cars have too many driver aids and are therefore even capable of being driven by 15-year old children. Well, if that is true, then this driver field must have been 12 years old at best.

If you had to sum up this race in three words, those would be “unforced driver errors”. Nobody embodied this better than Precision driver Torrente, who added another “learning experience” to his career by throwing away a race that, after half the distance, seemed won.

This allowed Pastor Maldonado to cruise to his fifth win in six races, followed home to second by Jules Bianchi, who overcame a terrible qualifying effort by staying on the black stuff, Sebastian Vettel and the two Ferrari drivers, who made their case for 2020 by staying cool.

Other drivers profiting from the errors at the front were Pierre Gasly and Kevin Magnussen, who helped FAST’s hunt for 6th place in the WCC, especially given as Haas where not competitive and Felix Rosenqvist, who scored his first career point in Formula One.


129Pastor MaldonadoSauber-Judd49:33.14615
262Jules BianchiPrecision-Mercedes+14.23212
31Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd+21.86610
428Daniel MelroseFerrari+30.8588
527Dave CassidyFerrari+37.1706
633Einar ÁrmannssonTheodore-Judd+40.0745
723Pierre GaslyFAST-Mercedes+60.7394
824Kevin MagnussenFAST-Mercedes+64.4993
930Dean StonemanSauber-Judd+68.6222
10119Felix RosenqvistDawson-Mercedes+73.1201
1166Pascal WehrleinRed Bull-Ferrari+83.2460
1255Artem MarkelovMansell-Mercedes+84.9500
1321Stoffel VandoorneHaas-Judd+87.1460
1491Max VerstappenCalinetic-Judd+91.6020
1522Jordan DaviesHaas-Judd1 Lap0
1667Mike RockenfellerRed Bull-Ferrari1 Lap0
1790James James DaviesCalinetic-Judd1 Lap0
186Santiago UrrutiaWilliams-Mercedes1 Lap0
1956Sergey SirotkinMansell-Mercedes1 Lap0
205Marvin KirchhöferWilliams-Mercedes1 Lap0
DNF63Diego Álvarez TorrentePrecision-MercedesAccident0
DNF2Lewis HamiltonCaterham-JuddAccident0
DNF118Carlos Sainz JrDawson-MercedesAccident0
DNF34Valtteri BottasTheodore-JuddAccident0

Fastest Lap:

Diego Álvarez Torrente – 1:33.894

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Ferrari – their drivers drove extremely wise, a well-earned fourteen points.

Reject Of The Race:

Diego Álvarez Torrente – he had the race under control, but threw it away in a shameful rookie error.