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Chinese GP: Williams Martini Race Review

By Williams Martini Racing
April 16 2018

 Williams Martini Chinese GP Race Review
Race Notes
Lance Stroll finished 14th and Sergey Sirotkin 15th in the Chinese Grand Prix
Both cars started on the soft Pirelli tyre, with Lance starting 18th and Sergey 16th
Both cars made good starts, making up multiple positions to end the opening lap with Lance moving up to 12th and Sergey 15th
Lance made his only pitstop of the race on lap 23 for the medium tyre
Sergey pitted for the medium tyre on lap 28, and then changed to a two-stop strategy under the safety car, by pitting for the soft tyre on lap 33
Sergey Sirotkin:
"It was a difficult race. I had nothing to lose so I had to fight at the start. I tried to get some positions but when youre right in the midfield its difficult to do something and I think I could have managed better. Afterwards I really struggled to find the pace. It was quite difficult to find the window with the tyre and it was a very tough first stint. At some points when I was in free air for a few laps it was stabilising a bit, but overall it was really tricky. We pitted for a new set of mediums and then new softs under the safety car. I dont know what happened to them but they had far less grip than the mediums so we lost quite a bit with that, then we were just trying to get to the end of the race."
Stroll Lance Stroll:
"It was a great start again and, like in Bahrain, I made up five or six positions at the start. Then after that I believe we raced the maximum out of the car. We were not very lucky with the safety car, because the guys on two stops got a free pitstop in front of us. I think the Force Indias were possible to beat today, not on pure pace, but with the good start and everything. It was a bit of a shame, but I am really happy with the race. We got our strategy done and I believe we got everything out of it today."
Paddy Lowe Paddy Lowe, Chief Technical Officer:
"Although these arent great results, and certainly not in the points, compared to where we were in Bahrain its fantastic get two cars to the finish in 14th and 15th. We were certainly in the race today whereas in Bahrain we were not even competing, so a much more positive feeling for everyone and something we can build on in the weeks to come. Both cars had really good starts off the line with Lance taking the most profit out of it, through turns one and two, and getting as high as 12th with Sergey 15th. We always planned the one stop soft-medium and we stuck with that as it was working very well for us. The safety car didnt help us that much but we took the opportunity to put Sergey on the soft tyre, which appeared to be a better tyre for us and for this circuit, as indeed it appeared to be for the front runners. On pace, we were able to beat the Saubers but through strategy, we were able to beat both Toro Rosso cars, as well as the Haas of Grosjean."

Track: Shanghai International Circuit, China
Lap Length: 5.451 km / 3.387 miles

Weather: Warm and dry
Air: 19-20C Track: 33-39C




Time (Fastest Lap)



D Ricciardo

Red Bull 1:35:36.380 (1:35.785)


2 V Bottas Mercedes + 8.894 (1:36.987) 3
3 K Raikkonen Ferrari + 9.637 (1:36.456) 2
14 L STROLL Williams Martini Racing + 55.490 (1:38.500) 18
15 S SIROTKIN Williams Martini Racing + 58.241 (1:38.624) 16

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