Max Verstappen’s incredible start in the Chinese Grand Prix put him on course for a podium finish despite having been knocked out in Q1 24 hours earlier.
The Red Bull driver moved ahead of both McLarens, Marcus Ericsson, Kevin Magnussen, Carlos Sainz Jnr, Nico Hulkenberg, Felipe Massa, Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll, the latter pair having collided.
His next target was his own team mate, and on lap 11 Verstappen successfully dived down the inside of Daniel Ricciardo at turn six. Team principal Christian Horner called it a “clean move”, indicating it was a legitimate pass and not something the team had orchestrated.
Later in the race Verstappen had Ricciardo on his tail but was able to resist the team’s other car to the flag- by less than nine-tenths of a second. He crossed the line 13 places higher than he started: an impressive day’s work.
2017 Chinese Grand Prix lap chart
The positions of each driver on every lap. Click name to highlight, right-click to reset. Toggle drivers using controls below:
Go ad-free for just £1 per month
|Driver||Start position||Lap one position change||Race position change|
|Carlos Sainz Jnr||11||-7||4|
2017 Chinese Grand Prix race chart
The gaps between each driver on every lap compared to the leader’s average lap time. Very large gaps omitted. Scroll to zoom, drag to pan and right-click to reset. Toggle drivers using controls below:
2017 Chinese Grand Prix
- Verstappen takes seventh Driver of the Weekend win
- 2017 Chinese Grand Prix team radio transcript
- Chinese Grand Prix raises hopes of an exciting 2017
- Ocon dodged reprimand for missing national anthem
- Top ten pictures from the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix