Victoria Desai Clinches First Formula 1 Victory in Zhuhai


157Dean StonemanPrecision-Mercedes1:17.8651:17.640
294Pascal WehrleinPrecision-Mercedes1:18.1111:18.069+0.429
329Roger IbeRed Bull-Ferrari1:20.1451:20.516+2.505
41Artem MarkelovBR Mansell-Toyota1:20.3391:20.264+2.624
570Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Ferrari1:20.5081:20.390+2.750
637Victoria DesaiFerrari1:20.4621:20.664+2.822
723Alexander AlbonFerrari1:20.5461:20.539+2.899
833Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari1:20.8001:20.618+2.978
939Sho TsuboiBR Mansell-Toyota1:20.6551:21.074+3.015
1055Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes1:20.8491:20.746+3.103
1147Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd1:20.9291:20.845+3.205
1226Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-Ferrari1:20.8941:21.156+3.254
1377Valtteri BottasToyota1:20.9241:21.330+3.284
1420Kevin MagnussenToyota1:21.2081:21.010+3.370
154Robin FrijnsDawson-Mercedes1:21.2871:21.052+3.412
1618Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd1:21.3081:21.165+3.525
1711Terry HawkinFAST-BMW1:22.0591:21.970+4.330
1831Esteban OconFAST-BMW1:22.5101:22.356+4.716
1956Einar ÁrmannssonMRT-BMW1:23.2081:22.824+5.184
2023Jules BianchiMRT-BMW1:22.9021:22.826+5.186
2195Beitske VisserLoonmotor-Judd1:22.8701:22.939+5.230
2246Alessandro CicognaniLoonmotor-Judd1:23.7911:23.487+5.847
237Charles LeclercSauber-Judd1:24.1811:24.021+6.381
2484Jack AitkenSauber-JuddNo Time1:24.792+7.152


In a strange lack of common sense, Jules Bianchi endangered competitors by not pulling his terminally-damaged car to the side.
After the debacle that was the 2021 Marlboro Pilipinas Grand Prix, the FASC had a lot to make up for. With the weather playing along, the second race in China was bound to be a success and it turned out to be one: at the very least for Ferrari.

Victoria Desai joined the elite club of drivers who won their first Grand Prix in their rookie year. Of course, such a feat should be expected of any rookie honored with driving for Scuderia Ferrari in their very first year.

Other teams also had good moments: Caterham survived a nasty moment for Norris in the race and a poor qualifying effort from Vettel to add 13 points to their championship total; Precision turned their 1-2 into a double-points finish.

Seven cars failed to finish the race. One of those was Jules Bianchi, who earned himself the ire of British Formula One fans by not pulling his broken car over. Roger Ibe was left heartbroken over his “home” retirement.


137Victoria DesaiFerrari60:22.29515
233Max VerstappenRed Bull-Ferrari+15.70412
370Pastor MaldonadoWilliams-Ferrari+29.29310
447Lando NorrisCaterham-Judd+34.7448
523Alexander AlbonFerrari+36.6896
618Sebastian VettelCaterham-Judd+43.4905
71Artem MarkelovBR Mansell-Toyota+61.5564
857Dean StonemanPrecision-Mercedes+63.6733
994Pascal WehrleinPrecision-Mercedes+71.1962
1011Terry HawkinFAST-BMW+76.0391
1114Esteban OconFAST-BMW1 Lap
1256Einar ÁrmannssonMRT-BMW1 Lap
1395Beitske VisserLoonmotor-Judd1 Lap
1446Alessandro CicognaniLoonmotor-Judd1 Lap
157Charles LeclercSauber-Judd2 Laps
1655Carlos Sainz, Jr.Dawson-Mercedes2 Laps
1785Jack AitkenSauber-Judd2 Laps
DNF26Robert ShwartzmanWilliams-FerrariSuspension
DNF29Roger IbeRed Bull-FerrariWater Leak
DNF77Valtteri BottasToyotaSuspension
DNF23Jules BianchiMRT-BMWMotor
DNF39Sho TsuboiMansell-MercedesMotor
DNF4Robin FrijnsDawson-MercedesSuspension
DNF20Kevin MagnussenToyotaTransmission

Fastest Lap:

Pastor Maldonado – 1:22.607

Infinite Improbability Drive Of The Race:

Caterham-Judd – came back from a mediocre qualifying to score a metric ton of points.

Reject Of The Race:

Jules Bianchi – a veteran like him should know better how to deal with a broken car.