Daniel Ricciardo hoping to win midfield battle

2019 Formula 1 season, Round 3

Chinese Grand Prix

Shanghai International Circuit

Sunday 14 April

Daniel Ricciardo and Renault will be hoping to win the midfield battle when the 2019 Formula 1 season continues with the Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit on Sunday 14 April.

Ricciardo, who made the most high-profile off-season move when he switched Red Bull for Renault, has thus far endured a tough 2019 season, failing to finish both in Australia and Bahrain.

Kevin Magnussen of Haas.

However, the Australian won at the Shanghai International Circuit last year and will be hoping a return to China turns around his fortunes, as the French team aim to be the ‘best of the rest’ behind the top three of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

Their main challenge for this appears to come from American team Haas, with Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen showing glimpses of impressive pace thus far, though they have yet to fully capitalise on their potential.

Kimi Raikkonen of Alfa Romeo.

The experienced Kimi Raikkonen has performed well in the Alfa Romeo thus far (eighth and seventh-placed finishes), while McLaren and youngster Lando Norris were impressive in taking sixth place at the Bahrain Grand Prix last month.

Yet it is Renault (assuming they have solved the reliability issues which hit both cars near the end of the last race) who should be leading the midfield battle, and the pressure will be on both Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg to up their game in Shanghai.


Formula 1 championship standings


Drivers – top three

Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) – 44 points

Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) – 43

Max Verstappen (Red Bull) - 27

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Constructors – top three

Mercedes – 87 points

Ferrari – 48

Red Bull – 31


Chinese Grand Prix


First held: 2004

Most wins, driver: Lewis Hamilton, 5

Most wins, constructor: Mercedes, 5

Circuit length: 5.451 km

Race length: 305.066km

Laps: 56

Fastest lap: 1:32.283 – Michael Schumacher, 2004

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Published: 04/10/2019