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21 Apr 2024
JAMES to ALEX
That was a tough race out there today, Alex. That's the best we could have done. We just needed a tiny bit more pace and we'd be there about five seconds from the point. Well managed.
21 Apr 2024
CHEQUERED FLAG ๐Ÿ
P12 for Alex after those 56 laps.
21 Apr 2024
PIT to ALEX
There's debris on the straight between 13 and 14 on the right-hand side.
21 Apr 2024
LAP 52/56
Alex is 1.6s behind OCO. Getting to the Alpine and taking P11 could be consequential after the FIA put this message out about HUL in P10: INCIDENT INVOLVING CARS 27 (HUL) AND 3 (RIC) WILL BE INVESTIGATED AFTER THE RACE - SAFETY CAR INFRINGEMENT
21 Apr 2024
LAP 51/56
Field spread has all the drivers outside of DRS range. It's all about Alex pushing hard to close the gap now.
21 Apr 2024
LAP 47/56
ALO gets by Alex and OCO and is chasing HUL for P10. Alex is just 2.8s away from scoring points.
21 Apr 2024
PIT to ALEX
Okay, so ALO is 4s behind. He's on new mediums. Let's not lose time fighting when he gets with us.
21 Apr 2024
LAP 44/56
Time to get the elbows out as ALO pits and falls to P12. Alex is now P11, but the Aston Martin is on fresh medium tyres and quickly closing in.
21 Apr 2024
LAP 42/56
We're into the final 15 laps and P10 is within sight. Alex sits in P12 just behind OCO in P11, who is chasing HUL. The Haas is struggling...
21 Apr 2024
LAP 39/56
It looks like most drivers are struggling with the tyres. There are 17 laps left for everyone to run.
21 Apr 2024
PIT to ALEX
That's 20 laps remaining.
21 Apr 2024
LAP 33/56
Alex overtakes RIC! A move hugging up the inside of Turn 1 gets Alex up into P12 and chasing OCO...
21 Apr 2024
LAP 32/56
We are back to green flag racing.
21 Apr 2024
Panda watch from earlier in the race ๐Ÿผ
21 Apr 2024
PIT to ALEX
That's 28 laps remaining. MAG and STR are a long way off the back of the pack, so I don't know if they're going to wait for them to pack up. They probably will.
21 Apr 2024
SAFETY CAR ๐ŸŸก
TSU is stranded at the side of the track causing another Safety Car.
21 Apr 2024
LAP 27/56
Multiple bits of contact at the restart. STR pitted before we even got to the restart after going into the back of RIC at the hairpin. On the restart lap, MAG went into TSU, sending the RB into the grass. Alex is now P13.
21 Apr 2024
LAP 26/56
The Safety Car is ending... We have 30 laps remaining.
21 Apr 2024
PIT to ALEX
Okay, so currently P17. Behind you got ZHO and GAS. They pitted for new hard and they're going to the end. TSU just ahead of you also pitted for hard. He's going to go to the end. But MAG ahead of him in P15 has gone six laps on a set of hards - we think he's going to stop again.
21 Apr 2024
BOX, BOX ๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ
Alex does put. He gets a set of new Hard tyres. Others also take advantage of the Safety Car's appearance. He emerges P17.
21 Apr 2024
SAFETY CAR ๐ŸŸก
The VSC is now a full Safety Car. Might we see Alex pit?
21 Apr 2024
LAP 23/56
The stranded car is still stuck on the side of Turn 11. Alex is now P14. He trails STR, who pitted for Hard tyres, and leads ZHO, who remains on old Hards.
21 Apr 2024
VIRTUAL SAFETY CAR ๐ŸŸก
We're at reduced speeds so the marshals can recover the Sauber of BOT. Others might pit, but Alex is staying out.
21 Apr 2024
YELLOW FLAG ๐ŸŸก
There's a yellow flag at Turn 11 as BOT pulls to the side of the road and retires. Alex improves to P15 as race control considers whether a VSC or Safety Car's services might be required.
21 Apr 2024
LAP 19/56
All of our rivals have now pitted. Alex sits P16 behind RIC and ahead of ZHO.
21 Apr 2024
LAP 17/56
RIC gets by Alex to see two RB cars ahead as TSU escaped DRS range.
21 Apr 2024
LAP 14/56
HAM has passed TSU and Alex is back within DRS range of the RB as the fight for P16 resumes.
21 Apr 2024
LAP 13/56
The fighting had HAM sneak up on Alex and get by. Alex is stalking the Mercedes as it closes in on TSU. We're sitting P18 as we await others to pit further up.
21 Apr 2024
LAP 11/56
Wheel-to-wheel action from Alex as he battles TSU. It's almost half a lap of the two side-by-side. TSU holds on
21 Apr 2024
BOX, BOX ๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ
Early stops for others see a flurry of activity in the pit lane. Alex is in and out and onto a new set of mediums. He emerges behind Tsunoda.
21 Apr 2024
LAP 8/56
Alex's defending on GAS has Alpine asking the stewards to investigate. The Frenchman claims he was pushed off the track.
21 Apr 2024
LAP 6/56
There are some comms between Alex and the pit wall. Alex is down on traction exiting Turn 13 onto the long DRS straight and the team is suggesting solutions to try and improve the speed.
21 Apr 2024
LAP 4/56
GAS is pushing to pass but Alex robustly keeps him behind at the exit of Turn 14.
21 Apr 2024
PIT to ALEX
DRS enabled.
21 Apr 2024
LAP 1/56
A fully clean opening lap from Alex, who has advanced to P13 and is chasing down OCO.
21 Apr 2024
LIGHTS OUT โšซ๏ธโšซ๏ธโšซ๏ธโšซ๏ธโšซ๏ธ
The Chinese GP begins!
21 Apr 2024
Medium tyres ๐Ÿ›ž
Alex will begin his race on a fresh set of the yellow-ringed Medium tyre.
21 Apr 2024
PIT to ALEX
OK, that's five minutes to the formation lap.
21 Apr 2024
National anthem ๐ŸŽบ
The Chinese national anthem fills the air as Alex and the drivers stand at the front of the grid as it plays.
21 Apr 2024
Saying hi to the fans ๐Ÿ‘‹
21 Apr 2024
Race Day ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ
The first Chinese Grand Prix since 2019 is upon us. After improvements every day so far this weekend, Alex is looking to continue that trend today.
20 Apr 2024
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20 Apr 2024
JAMES to ALEX ๐Ÿ—ฃ
Well managed, Alex. We can see from the video it's just difficult to get between the high speed and low speed but well done today.
20 Apr 2024
ALEX to PIT ๐Ÿ—ฃ
We are so on a knife edge with everything.
20 Apr 2024
Improvement but out ๐Ÿ
A 1:35.241 for Alex after a green final sector, he'll line up P14 tomorrow...
20 Apr 2024
PIT to ALEX ๐Ÿ—ฃ
Go push when you're ready.
20 Apr 2024
Shanghai Traffic ๐Ÿ˜…
It takes Alex roughly a minute to actually leave the pit lap, but he's on his out lap now. He sits P12 currently...
20 Apr 2024
Heading back out ๐Ÿ‘‰
With 4 minutes left on the clock, Alex rolls out of the garage once more with another set of fresh soft tyres fitted...
20 Apr 2024
Race Control ๐Ÿšจ
Session will resume at 15:45 local time.
20 Apr 2024
Red Flag ๐Ÿ”ด
SAI is in the wall at the final corner, he is OK and has got it going again. Back to the pits for Alex.
20 Apr 2024
Time banked ๐Ÿ”’
It's a 1:35.271 after his first push, he's P11 currently.
20 Apr 2024
PIT to ALEX ๐Ÿ—ฃ
Go push.
20 Apr 2024
There he goes ๐Ÿ‘‰
Albono rolls out with some brand-new soft tyres on his FW46...
20 Apr 2024
Q2 Green Light ๐ŸŸข
The second knockout phase is underway, but Albono in no rush to get out there just yet...
20 Apr 2024
HE'S THROUGH ๐Ÿ‘
His time is good enough for P13, time to get set for Q2! Out in Q1: ZHO, MAG, HAM, TSU, SAR.
20 Apr 2024
Alex improves ๐Ÿ“ˆ
A 1:35.384, now it's a waiting game...
20 Apr 2024
Final push ๐Ÿ‘‰
Alex is opening his final flying lap to try and secure his Q1 progression...
20 Apr 2024
PIT to ALEX ๐Ÿ—ฃ
Go switch to go out.
20 Apr 2024
First time on the board โฑ
It's a 1:35.729 for Albono on his first Quali push, he's sat in P6...
20 Apr 2024
PIT to ALEX ๐Ÿ—ฃ
Go push.
20 Apr 2024
Quali Time ๐ŸŸข
We are go in Quali!
20 Apr 2024
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20 Apr 2024
Chequered Flag ๐Ÿ
Sprint complete, that's P17 at the line. Now time to go over the data ahead of Qualifying later and tomorrow's Grand Prix...
20 Apr 2024
LAP 19/19 ๐ŸŸข
On to the final tour of the Sprint...
20 Apr 2024
LAP 17/19 ๐ŸŸข
ALO has boxed after the Spaniard picked up a puncture, Alex has climbed up to P17...
20 Apr 2024
LAP 14/19 ๐ŸŸข
Move made at T1, up the inside of HUL! Lovely work, Alex... up to where he started.
20 Apr 2024
LAP 11/19 ๐ŸŸข
HUL now the car ahead of Alex, he's within DRS range...
20 Apr 2024
PIT to ALEX ๐Ÿ—ฃ
So the guys ahead are starting to struggle with deg now. ALEX to PIT Yes, I know.
20 Apr 2024
LAP 5/19 ๐ŸŸข
Settling into proceedings, Alex sits just outside of DRS range of TSU ahead. Alex is currently running P19.
20 Apr 2024
ALEX to PIT
They're pushing really hard, so I'm just going to leave it a little bit.
20 Apr 2024
LAP 2/19 ๐ŸŸข
It's a clean start, TSU gets Alex at the hairpin on the opening tour...
20 Apr 2024
LIGHTS OUT โšซ๏ธโšซ๏ธโšซ๏ธโšซ๏ธโšซ๏ธ
We are underway in the Sprint...
20 Apr 2024
Panda Power ๐Ÿผ
Formation lap underway! 19 laps ahead of Alex, let's see what he can do... He joins the vast majority on medium tyres.
20 Apr 2024
PIT to ALEX ๐Ÿ—ฃ
That's five minutes to go. I'll head back, have a good one!
20 Apr 2024
Suited and booted, time to Sprint... ๐Ÿ“ธ
20 Apr 2024
Sprint Race ๐Ÿ”œ
Racing on a Saturday morning? Let's get to work!
20 Apr 2024
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19 Apr 2024
Alex is out ๐Ÿ
He improves on his final push, but not enough to make it through. He'll start the Sprint in P18, out in the first stage with GAS, OCO, TSU and SAR. He reports a fire on the grass at T5.
19 Apr 2024
PIT to ALEX ๐Ÿ—ฃ
Go push.
19 Apr 2024
And out again ๐Ÿ‘‰
Alex is winding up for his final SQ1 push...
19 Apr 2024
Box Box ๐Ÿ…ฟ๏ธ
Back to the garage, it's a quick turnaround - Alex sits P16 after the first run...
19 Apr 2024
Time set โฑ
It's a 1:38.043 on his first push, plenty still on push laps...
19 Apr 2024
ALEX to PIT ๐Ÿ—ฃ
Totally green, totally green.
19 Apr 2024
PIT to ALEX ๐Ÿ—ฃ
Traffic should be OK, go push final corner.
19 Apr 2024
He's heading out ๐Ÿ‘‰
Alex is the first car out on track in SQ1. Reminder that it's medium tyres only at this stage...
19 Apr 2024
Time for Sprint Quali ๐Ÿ‘€
And to throw another curveball, we've had a little rain in Shanghai...
19 Apr 2024
19 Apr 2024
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19 Apr 2024
Chequered Flag ๐Ÿ
That's FP1 complete, Alex ends it in P8. Time to go over the data ahead of Sprint Qualifying later today...
19 Apr 2024
Winding up for a push abort ๐Ÿ”
A couple of cool laps before Alex gets set for another flier which he will not complete. Alex has filtered down to P3...
19 Apr 2024
To the top ๐Ÿš€
Three purple sectors for Alex, eight tenths clear of P2 to top the time sheets for now...
19 Apr 2024
Back to it ๐Ÿ‘‰
Soft tyres fitted, time for some Quali sim...
19 Apr 2024
Laying down rubber ๐Ÿ›ž
Alex visits the box to put some rubber down ahead of the race. He'll be back in the garage next time around...
19 Apr 2024
Long run time ๐Ÿ“Š
Alex is gathering some data for both races this weekend, circulating on the same set of medium tyres that he started the session on..
19 Apr 2024
Green Light ๐ŸŸข
Fire = extinguished. Alex is the first driver back on track...
19 Apr 2024
Red Flag ๐Ÿ”ด
There's a fire in the grass on the inside of T7, very unusual โ€“ it's back to the pits...
19 Apr 2024
First lap โœ…
It's a pretty green track out there, so not much grip for the drivers. Alex banks a 1:40.857 on his first timed tour...
19 Apr 2024
ALEX to PIT
Sliding the surface everywhere, just not gripping into the tarmac.
19 Apr 2024
Panda on track ๐Ÿผ
Alex rolls out of the garage with medium tyres fitted...
19 Apr 2024
Green Light ๐ŸŸข
FP1 is underway here in Shanghai! One hour to get as much data as possible...
19 Apr 2024
Reminder ๐Ÿšจ
Incase you needed it, it's a Sprint weekend! This is the only Practice session of the weekend, so expect a busy hour...
19 Apr 2024
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19 Apr 2024
Nว HวŽo ๐Ÿ‘‹
Welcome along to live coverage of the Chinese Grand Prix - we're back in Shanghai for the first time since 2019 and Alex will be taking to the track very shortly...