Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton started the Chinese GP 2019 in 2nd but took the lead at the start. From that point onwards, it was almost a foregone conclusion that he would win. The 5-time World Champion was pretty much untouchable throughout the entire race.
Scuderia Ferrari were almost nowhere near the Silver Arrows and were stuck battling each other with Max Verstappen soon joining in. In the end, Lewis Hamilton led a Mercedes 1-2 with Vettel taking his first podium of the season.
Meanwhile, in the midfield, Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon had a spirited drive from the pitlane to score points for the second time in a row.
The race was a little chaotic in the beginning when Daniil Kvyat tangled with the two McLarens. In the process, Lando Norris was half launched in the air and he was ultimately forced to retire.
Ferrari tried to implement team orders early in the race to prevent the Mercedes from getting away. But it proved futile and the decision backfired in their faces.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the race.
Your #F1DriverOfTheDay at the 1000th race…
— Formula 1 (@F1) April 14, 2019
— Michael (@msnijboon) April 14, 2019
— When will they pit (@Whenwilltheypit) April 14, 2019
— Kimmo Metso (@KimmoMetso) April 14, 2019
— F1 Wiki (@F1Wikia) April 14, 2019
— SebastianVetlel (@SebastianVetlel) April 14, 2019
So what happens later in the race if Leclerc is faster than Vettel will the team tell Vettel to move over and let Charles through. I don't think they will. Fucking Ferrari ruining F1 with team orders. #ChineseGP
— poolieboy1?? (@Poolieboy1Les1) April 14, 2019
Sick of @Ferrari constantly letting #Vettel through. #leclerc was faster on every lap except for one. That’s not what @F1 is about is it? Thought this would end with new owners?@SkySportsF1
What’s the point of a race if you’re choosing who wins. You’re a joke @Ferrari pic.twitter.com/iAvQnbSUW6
— Carly Farley (@Marketing_Carly) April 14, 2019
F1 ?️ Milestone wins
— Gracenote Live (@GracenoteLive) April 14, 2019
— A. Mehmood (@arszmeh) April 14, 2019
Felt sorry for Leclerc yet again, mixed messages throughout. Had more pace then Vettel, and they just didn’t want him to get in front of him. Was it to keep the spoilt German brat happy?! #ChineseGP #F1
— Kevin Ticehurst (@Brightonfan) April 14, 2019
— Pauline Cox (@Paulie60) April 14, 2019
— Shinx (@pwnage__101) April 14, 2019
— Ivo Triepels (@ivotriepels) April 14, 2019
Remember when we was told Ferrari have a new engine nyef nyef. ??? #ChineseGP
— Manuele Samuele (@I_Am_Aloyo) April 14, 2019
— Lukonde (@GuyWitThe) April 14, 2019
What a waste of time. This was the worst GP. There are too many boring GP and still Croft and Brundle try to sell the race to us. It was a shit GP. Not one exciting moment in the race today. And congrats to Mercedes the 2019 world champions. Give them the trophy. #ChineseGP
— Charles Leclerc (@kingJibz98) April 14, 2019
— Marco Maas ?? (@MoaskeFoto) April 14, 2019
In bahrain it was hardware issues, this week it’s team orders. Ferrari is putting Leclerc through the most.? #ChineseGP
— Lutho (@LuthoMadala) April 14, 2019
— Eric ?????? (@RealEricsBeard) April 14, 2019
After a thrilling race in Bahrain… #Race1000 at China was not a classic. Still, a fantastic 1-2 result for Mercedes and happy for Ricciardo in scoring his first points for Renault in P7. #F1 #ChineseGP
— Elton Lam (@walkingleaf79) April 14, 2019
— Christine (@Kvikirock) April 14, 2019
Driver of the day is Fantastic!
— S.C@Forza HONDA F1 teams (@SChiba777) April 14, 2019
Tweeted that with five laps remaining! Grosjean was catching him. Albon did brilliantly though. Never in doubt!
— Gav (@BritPackDrivers) April 14, 2019
— MissMsport (@MissMSport) April 14, 2019
— Mark (@lost_in_midgar) April 14, 2019
Ferrari have always kept a stringent driver hierarchy, so I don’t think favoring Vettel should come as a surprise, but this was the conflict many people predicted when they replaced Kimi with a fast young driver.
At least it gave something to talk about in an uneventful race.
— MF1 (@MF1News) April 14, 2019
Ferrari strategy is always confusing. Why can they never get it right #ChineseGP
— Razak Malik (@razzy9) April 14, 2019