F1: Bottas looks to stretch F1 lead in China

15 April, 2019, 05:12 | Author: Isabel Grant
  • Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas in action during practice

With the Spaniard unable to then add to his tally, teams such as Red Bull and Mercedes became the new McLaren and Williams, added with Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

There were concerns for all three teams, but Ferrari had by far the greatest when it came to Leclerc's vehicle.

And Ferrari changed the control electronics on their cars for this race to try to prevent a repeat of the short circuit in an injection control unit that caused Leclerc's problems in Bahrain.

The fact is that some of the 999 championship races thus far have been questionable Grands Prix and several past race winners never even drove a Formula One vehicle.

Bottas, who is championship leader, recorded 1 minute 31.547 seconds around the 5.451-kilometre Shanghai International Circuit on Saturday for his first pole of the season and seventh overall.

The Scuderia, so strong in testing, were off the pace at the opening grand prix in Australia, where Hamilton was second to teammate Valtteri Bottas.

"Max has driven the wheels off the auto all afternoon and good to nick the fastest lap off Sebastian at the end with Pierre". Mercedes locked out the front row as they showed a much superior corner speed and used to outpace the Ferraris who were, as expected, much quicker on the straights. "Hopefully we can recover and take the win here in Shanghai".

"It's great for a real current superstar, a five-time world champion, to be talking about the possibility of racing in Formula E".

Ferrari stressed it was "no big concern" and that it had parked his SF90 as a precaution, but it nonetheless left the youngster missing out on the part of the session in which drivers typically undertake race simulations.

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'It's a different season, the competitiveness between the teams is different from previous year.

It's also the 1000th F1 World Championship Grand Prix, or something like that.

"I'm not happy about it but it will swing around and it will come back to others as well".

The Chinese GP has seen a different driver winning in each of the last three seasons and only three drivers-Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg-have finished on top of the podium a couple of times in Shanghai.

Bookmakers are backing Ferrari to overcome a hard start to the season and put the struggles of the first two weekends behind it.

Verstappen will now start the race in Shanghai in fifth place, behind the two Mercedes cars, Vettel in third and Leclerc in fourth. Charles Leclerc deserved a win in the Bahrain Grand Prix - he would have been a successful 5/1 tip from this very column - and the disappointment in his voice was heart-breaking to hear.

"I calculate that we have won 3.7% of the 1,000 races", Damon Hill said.

Red Bull's Pierre Gasly rounded out the top 10.

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