One day after winning the short race, Max Verstappen completed a brilliant weekend by winning the first Chinese Grand Prix in five years, increasing his lead in the world championship.

On Sunday, the three-time world champion dominated the race, finishing 13.7 seconds clear of Lando Norris of McLaren and his Red Bull colleague Sergio Perez, who came in third, six seconds behind.

Verstappen won his fourth Grand Prix of the season and his 58th overall with yet another dominant performance.

Red Bull pulled 44 points clear of Ferrari in the constructors’ standings, extending his advantage over Perez to 25 points at the top of the drivers’ title.

Verstappen is headed for his fourth consecutive world title, and the only thing standing in his way in 2024 was a clean sweep of all five rounds—that was until a rare brake failure and retirement in Melbourne.

“It felt amazing. The whole weekend we were incredibly quick. Just enjoyable to drive on every compound,” said Verstappen, who took his first victory in China.

Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz, drivers for Ferrari, finished fourth and fifth.

Zhou Guanyu, the first Formula One driver from China, made his home grand prix debut over the weekend and was a big attraction.

After finishing 14th in the race, he was given permission to park his car on the grid in front of the grandstands and was met with a standing ovation from the packed house as he emerged from the cockpit in tears.

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