Claiming their victory, Lewis Hamilton and his Mercedes team topped the pole position in Formula 1 Chinese Grand Prix with Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari) just behind him. With the time difference of just 6.25 seconds, Lewis redeemed himself from a previous defeat against Vettel in Australia after losing time in traffic making an early stop.
At the first tick of the timer, Hamilton began to lead, easing towards Turn 1 followed by front row starter Vettel with Bottas just behind him and only seconds away. Throughout the end of the race, Hamilton had managed to maintain his advantageous lap, keeping some drivers speeding up behind him until his Mercedes reached the first wave of the chequered flag.
Finishing the race behind Hamilton granted Vettel not only a clear runner-up position, but also competition against Max Verstappen of Red Bull. They finished with a time difference of 39 seconds on the track and Daniel Ricciardo's 0.843 seconds who nearly overlapped Verstappen's place in the pole position.
While struggling to keep his speed consistently ascending, Ricciardo had managed to stay ahead of another Ferrari (Kimi Raikkonen) just 2.04 seconds. On her tail was Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas with a time difference of 0.87 seconds from Raikkonen, who placed fifth and sixth, respectively.
There was progress for Ricciardo who eased ahead of Raikkonen, placing her fourth, and Verstappen who was at first at the seventh and powered through by the end of the opening lap. After Mercedes' Hamilton(topping pole position), came Ferrari's Vettel (2nd), then Red Bull's Verstappen and Ricciardo (3rd and 4th, respectively). Followed by Ferrari's Raikkonen (5th), Mercedes' Bottas (6th), Torro Rosso's Sainz (7th), Haas/Ferrari's Magnussen (8th), Force India/Mercedes' Perez and Ocon (9th and 10th, respectively), Haas/Ferrari's Grosjean (11th), Renault's Hulkenberg and Palmer (12th and 13th, respectively), Williams/Mercedes' Massa (14th) and Sauber/Ferrari's Ericsson placing last who made the lap.
The remaining five failed to finish the lap, with Giovinazzi making his exit after spinning off and Stroll's collision, while Alonzo, Kvyat, and Vandoorne pulled over with a driveshaft failure and complications with the hydraulics and fuel pressure.