Unfavorable conditions left the Shanghai International Circuit drenched on Sunday as Formula 1 completed the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix. The soaking track kept 5 drivers from finishing, as well as wreaking havoc on nearly everyone else.
Valtteri Bottas suffered greatly when he lost control while warming up his tires as the safety car was out. The mistake caused him to fall to 12th place from fifth. He spent the rest of the day catching up, only to finish in sixth place.
Sebastian Vettel was in good form for the duration of the race. Pushing passed both his teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, and his former teammate Daniel Ricciardo. During his overtake of the Red Bull driver, the two made slight contact with each other’s tires. This did not slow Vettel down, as the Ferrari driver raced ahead and finished just behind Lewis Hamilton in second place.
Clearly, the big competition this season will be against Ferrari and Mercedes. Hamilton and Vettel have now traded positions between the first two Grand Prix and are currently tied in the Driver Standings. Bottas will have to become more consistent and not make costly errors if Mercedes intends to win yet another Constructor Title.
Red Bull still managed to hang on as Max Verstappen finished in third, just ahead of teammate Ricciardo. The two clearly have the skill to keep up with current leaders, but the new RB13 has not proven to be as successful as its competitors.
Luckily, fans won’t have to wait as long for the next Grand Prix of the season as Formula 1 heads to the Bahrain International Circuit for the third race of the year.