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F1 Chinese Grand Prix 2024 Sprint Race – Highlights

Follow all the action LIVE with Total Motorsport as teams and drivers are back on the Shanghai International Circuit for the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix Sprint Race


Welcome to this Total-Motorsport.com blog for the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix Sprint Race, coming to you directly from the paddock at the Shanghai International Circuit as the 2024 Formula 1 season continues. This shorter, action-packed race not only promises high-speed drama but also has a significant impact on the championship standings, offering points to the top eight finishers.

As the lights go out for the Sprint Race, Lando Norris is on Sprint Pole after a sensational final qualifying lap in wet conditions took him to the top of the timesheet. The intensity is amplified on the demanding Shanghai track, known for its long back straight and complex corners, which challenges drivers’ overtaking skills and strategic acumen.

The Sprint Race is particularly crucial for teams to secure valuable points early in the weekend, setting a tone for the main Chinese Grand Prix. It also provides a platform for drivers in the midfield and back of the grid to showcase their skills and fight for prominence, often resulting in unexpected podiums and dramatic shifts in race dynamics.

Join us for live coverage, detailed analysis, and behind-the-scenes insights from the Shanghai International Circuit as the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix Sprint Race unfolds. Whether you’re a seasoned F1 aficionado or a casual observer, Keep this page refreshed for updates.

F1 2024 Chinese GP – Sprint Race News and Updates

How did Max Verstappen feel after crushing the opposition again?

“The first few laps were quite hectic,” Verstappen said after the Sprint Race. “They were pushing quite hard at front and I had Carlos behind with new tyres so it was very difficult initially.

“But we became stronger and I felt more comfortable with the balance of the car as well and I could look after my tyres so very pleased with that.

 “I think qualifying is important to get in a good starting position and will help a lot in the first few laps and then tomorrow I don’t know, the wind is changing a lot everyday that makes it quite difficult to drive.”

Lewis Hamilton’s thoughts on a strong second place

“Every time I have come here the crowd has been so, so supportive,” Hamilton said in Parc Ferme. “That’s the best result I’ve had in a long time.

“I am super happy and grateful. Of course we couldn’t fight the Red Bulls but this is a huge step and improvement. I found out a lot about the car in this short stint for the race, so I’m excited for tomorrow.

“We are still not as quick on a single lap as the Ferraris, Red Bulls and McLarens and perhaps the Aston Martins. I don’t anticipate we will fight for the front row, but hopefully we will have a better qualifying session than we have had in the past.”

Sergio Perez reacts to that fight for third

“It was really difficult to get through,” Perez said to media post-race. “Carlos and Fernando were fighting and obviously we all had high degradation following each other and at some point I also had to defend from Charles.

I managed to get by Fernando and Carlos, they got a little bit too close, I saw the opportunity and I went for it, we finished really close to Lewis.”

LAP 19/19: Verstappen wins Chinese Grand Prix Sprint Race!

The Dutchman started fourth but you wouldn’t know that if you looked at the times as he won by 13 seconds from Lewis Hamilton. It’s a grim omen for the Sunday race if you’re anyone but Red Bull as he crushed the opposition once again.

Hamilton secured second ahead of Sergio Perez to complete the podium, ahead of Charles Leclerc, Carlos Sainz, Lando Norris, Oscar Piastri and George Russell to round out the points.

Zhou Guanyu finished best of the rest but narrowly missed out on points at his home race, finishing ninth in what’s turning out to be an impressive weekend for the Shanghai-native and Fernando Alonso retired after late contact yielded a puncture.

LAP 18/19: Alonso retires

Alonso bows out of the race after that puncture, which makes sense. It’s pointless running otherwise. It’s a shame for the Spaniard, who held the podium spot for the duration of the sprint but it’s entirely self-inflicted and he only has himself to blame.

LAP 16/19: Perez third after Sainz and Alonso contact

Puncture for Alonso, he goes into the pits!

Carlos Sainz goes for a very bold move after setting up a switch-back and Alonso holds his line and the pair bang wheels. That lets Sergio Perez cut under the pair of them to take third (similar to “Through goes Hamilton!), before Sainz lunges Alonso just before the long back straight and runs him wide.

He then gets very punchy with Leclerc, running him off the road twice before Leclerc uses DRS to get past into Turn 2.

Take a breath fans, and take a bow drivers. What a show.

LAP 15/19: The battle for third is heating up

Fernando Alonso, Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez and Charles Leclerc are all on each other’s gearboxes and Perez complains about traction as Leclerc has a look but sees the door closed on him. This is exciting.

Even better? Lando Norris is just a second back…

LAP 14/19: Alonso under pressure but has amazing defence

Alonso’s got Carlos Sainz really close behind, as the Ferrari has DRS on the Aston Martin but so far the straight line speed of the veteran’s car is giving him crucial defence on the back straight. Sainz can’t get close enough to make a move.

LAP 12/19: Three seconds for Verstappen

Verstappen’s gone. The win’s in the bag, unless he makes a mistake. His teammate, Sergio Perez, is looking to pass Carlos Sainz for fourth place with Charles Leclerc close behind him too.

Hamilton and Alonso have settled into running in second for the moment, although they have to be perfect right now.

LAP 11/19: Verstappen pulls two seconds in one lap

It looks like Verstappen might have been managing in the earlier stages, or struggling with dirty air, but now he’s got free air he takes off into the distance as he pulls 2.2 seconds in the 1.5 laps since overtaking Hamilton.

Red Bull rocket ships are at it once again.

LAP 9/19: Verstappen takes the lead of the Sprint!

Hamilton’s mistake in the final corner punishes him one lap later as a brief defence sees Verstappen take the lead with DRS and he quickly opens up half a second in one lap. The Red Bull is fastest, surprising nobody, but it was a fun 10 laps.

LAP 9/19: Hamilton mistake gives Verstappen a chance!

Hamilton makes a mistake into the second to last corner with the wind catching him out giving his old rival DRS and a golden chance to take the lead!

LAP 7/19: Verstappen up into second

It’s going to be Max Verstappen vs Lewis Hamilton again! The defending champion gets past the Aston Martin of Fernando Alonso into the penultimate corner using DRS and Alonso didn’t bother to fight much.

LAP 6/19: Verstappen’s closing on Alonso

Verstappen has now edged into Alonso’s DRS as the pair battle for second place. The top three now seem to be doing similar lap times but we don’t know how much tyre management is going on from Hamilton out in front.

The Dutchman’s half a second behind now.

LAP 4/19: Hamilton leads by 1.4 seconds

So far, it’s obvious why Lewis Hamilton has won 104 Grand Prix as he has this race completely under control at the moment. He leads Fernando Alonso, who is no rookie either, by 1.4 seconds with Max Verstappen in third a further 1.2 back.

LAP 3/19: Sainz is all over Verstappen

The defending world champion is really struggling here and he’s three seconds off the lead already as Sainz sits in DRS. Is this a bad omen for the rest of the weekend?

Russell on the softs is up to 10th.

LAP 2/19: Norris down six places

Norris has dropped from pole down to 7th after being pushed off at the start. Hamilton simply held his own line and Norris had to go wide as a result of it. That’s all fair.


Norris goes wide as Hamilton takes the lead! The pair go wheel to wheel through Turn 1 and Norris goes off track before they get to Turn 3, whether he was pushed or got too eager, it’s unclear but Hamilton leads from Alonso and Verstappen!

The defending champion gets very punchy with Carlos Sainz into the second to last corner!

No rain forecast

It will be interesting to see the pace of the teams in the dry as there is no rain expected for the Sprint Race, with the FIA forecast being at zero percent according to the BBC’s Ian Ferguson.

Analysis: Why Max Verstappen might NOT win in China

The Dutchman has only lost four races in the last two seasons, but could it happen once again at the Shanghai International Circuit?

How do they line-up?

Here is the grid for the Sprint Race with a noticeable shock being that Max Verstappen isn’t in the top three at all!

The Dutchman had a rare off day in the wet as he struggled to find any grip, his worst performance since the 2023 Singapore GP when he had to take down an escape road before Sergio Perez won.

30 minutes to go until we race in China!

It’s just 30 minutes until the lights go out for the Sprint Race in China, will we see Lando Norris win from pole? Will fires disturb the race again?

Pirelli tyres and track info

Pirelli preview of 2024 Chinese GP | Pirelli
Pirelli preview of 2024 Chinese GP | Pirelli

2024 Chinese GP Session Times and Dates

The F1 season continues with the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix. Below, find the complete schedule for the F1 Sprint Race weekend, including session times for F1 fans in the USA, the UK, and Australia.

SessionDateAus. (AEST)UK (BST)US (ET)US (PT)
Practice 1Friday, Apr 1913:30 – 14:3004:30 – 05:3023:30 – 00:30*20:30 – 21:30*
Sprint QualifyingFriday, Apr 1917:30 – 18:1508:30 – 09:1503:30 – 04:1500:30 – 01:15
Sprint RaceSaturday, Apr 2013:00 – 14:0004:00 – 05:0023:00 – 00:00*20:00 – 21:00*
QualifyingSaturday, Apr 2017:00 – 18:0008:00 – 09:0003:00 – 04:0000:00 – 01:00
Grand PrixSunday, Apr 2117:00 – 19:0008:00 – 10:0003:00 – 05:0000:00 – 02:00
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