Red Bull Dominates 2024 Chinese Grand Prix with Verstappen Win, Norris Podium

Max Verstappen dominates Chinese GP with Red Bull 1-2, Lando Norris shocks with impressive second-place finish for McLaren, extending Verstappen's lead in the championship.

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Red Bull Dominates 2024 Chinese Grand Prix with Verstappen Win, Norris Podium

Red Bull Dominates 2024 Chinese Grand Prix with Verstappen Win, Norris Podium

Max Verstappen led Red Bull to a dominant 1-2 finish in the 2024 Chinese Grand Prix, with teammate Sergio Perez taking third place. Lando Norris of McLaren secured an impressive second place podium, splitting the Red Bulls. Verstappen controlled the race from pole position, surviving two safety car restarts to cruise to a comfortable 13.7 second victory, his fourth win in the first five races of the 2024 Formula 1 season.

Norris delivered a standout performance to finish as runner-up, exceeding expectations. "I'm surprised to be second, to be honest," Norris said after the race. "We were simply stronger than Ferrari today. I wasn't expecting to be on the podium." The young British driver made an early pass on Fernando Alonso and built a gap to the Ferraris, with the mid-race safety cars helping him cycle into second ahead of Perez.

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz finished fourth and fifth respectively for Ferrari, unable to match the pace of Red Bull and McLaren. Mercedes' George Russell took sixth, with Alonso seventh for Aston Martin. The two-time world champion claimed the extra point for fastest lap, denying Verstappen a perfect weekend after the Dutchman's sprint race victory on Saturday.

The race saw several incidents, including a collision between Kevin Magnussen and Yuki Tsunoda that brought out the safety car. Lewis Hamilton recovered to ninth place after starting 18th on the grid, while Nico Hulkenberg scored the final point in tenth for Haas.

Why this matters: Verstappen's dominant start to the 2024 season tightens his grip on a third consecutive world championship. The result also highlights McLaren's resurgence as they aim to challenge Red Bull and Ferrari at the front of the grid.

With his fourth victory in five races, Verstappen extends his lead in the drivers' championship to 25 points over Perez. Red Bull now holds a 44-point advantage over Ferrari in the constructors' standings. "We have an amazing car and I'm really enjoying driving it," Verstappen said in parc ferme. "It's a great start to the season for us but we have to keep pushing because we know the competition will be coming back at us." The next race is the Miami Grand Prix on May 5.

Key Takeaways

  • Max Verstappen won the 2024 Chinese GP, leading a Red Bull 1-2 finish.
  • Lando Norris finished 2nd for McLaren, exceeding expectations and splitting the Red Bulls.
  • Ferrari struggled to match the pace of Red Bull and McLaren, finishing 4th and 5th.
  • Verstappen extends his lead in the drivers' championship to 25 points over Perez.
  • Red Bull now holds a 44-point advantage over Ferrari in the constructors' standings.