It was a wet start to the race, with almost all the drivers opting for intermediate tyres. Lance Stroll went off into the gravel immediately, causing a virtual safety car, meaning many quickly took the option to change to slicks. Antonio Giovinazzi followed up with a huge crash into the main straight pit wall. He was fine but the real safety car was called.
When the action got going, Lewis Hamilton led comfortably from the front and was untroubled to pick up another win in China. Sebastian Vettel battled past his teammate to take second place, whilst Red Bull were having their own inter-team battle. Max Verstappen swept past about nine cars on the first lap, and clawed his way up into third place for the final few laps. Daniel Ricciardo caught him up and hunted him to the line but had to settle for fourth.
Meanwhile, both McLaren drivers retired from the race with mechanical trouble, as did Daniil Kvyat who pulled his Toro Rosso off track. Hamilton and Vettel now sit on equal points in the championship as the battle really looks on between Mercedes and Ferrari.