Motor racing-Verstappen adds China to his list of victories

By Thomson Reuters Apr 21, 2024 | 3:54 AM

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Triple world champion Max Verstappen won Formula One’s first Chinese Grand Prix in five years on Sunday with McLaren’s Lando Norris finishing second to deny Red Bull the one-two.

The victory from pole position at a Shanghai circuit that last hosted a grand prix in 2019 was Verstappen’s fourth in five races in 2024 and came after he also won the season’s first Saturday sprint.

Team mate Sergio Perez, Verstappen’s closest championship rival but now 25 points behind, completed the podium after a dry race with two safety car periods to bunch up the field.

Ferrari’s Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz finished fourth and fifth respectively with Mercedes’ George Russell sixth and Aston Martin’s Fernando Alonso seventh with a bonus point for fastest lap.

(Writing by Alan Baldwin in London, editing by Peter Rutherford)