Formula 1's 1000th Race Turns Out To Be A Drab
This weekend’s Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix was the 1000th race in the history of F1. If you look through the pages of history, you’ll realize that F1 has a habit of making them really epic moments. Like the 700th where Giancarlo Fisichella won a soggy Brazilian GP for Jordan in 2003, the 800th Singapore 2008 and Crashgate made it one to remember and the battle of Bahrain in 2014 between Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg made the 900th look like something out of an epic movie.
So, it was obvious that hopes for the 1000th would be much-much high. But as it turned out, the race was a pretty drab. With drivers spreading out on the grid, the only drama being at the front of team orders between the two Ferraris, Max Verstappen’s only overtaking attempt and Pierre Gasly launching for the fastest lap point.
It was an easy win for Hamilton as he and Bottas lead Mercedes to another one-two, Sebastian Vettel made his first podium of the season and given Ferrari’s lack of pace and poor strategy execution, Charles Leclerc lost out to Verstappen.
The midfield was quiet too. Without much fight and finish, Daniel Ricciardo stayed at 7th followed close by Sergio Perez. Kimi Raikkonen started his points tally but the star of the race has to be Alex Albon who started from the pit lane and finished 10th after having a close fight with Romain Grosjean in the last stages of the race. If this wasn’t it, the camerawork suffered too. It missed out on some key moments of the race along too many shaky camera angles of Sergio Perez driving down the pit straight. But why?
Talking about the championship, Mercedes have taken a long, strong stride. Even though Ferraris have speed, they seem to be having a tough time getting their tactics right.
Next up is the 1001st race in Baku in two weeks. The last two years there have been pretty exciting, so we can hope that it makes up for this boring Chinese GP.