With a win each for Bottas and Hamilton, as expected Mercedes are setting the early pace in the Formula One World Championship. Round three comes from the high-speed Shanghai International Circuit, with the early signs suggesting that both Ferrari and Red Bull will offer a stern challenge to the Silver Arrows, due to their straight-line speed. Daniel Ricciardo stood on top of the podium last year while with Red Bull, ending Mercedes four race winning streak, and if Lewis Hamilton is going to take the checkered flag for a sixth time in the race, he will not only have to hold off the pace of his team-mate Valtteri Bottas, but also the pace of both Ferrari and Red Bull. Strap yourselves in for another high-octane weekend of F1 with the Chinese Grand Prix and Form Labs betting preview and tips for the race.
Early Season Domination For Mercedes
It was another one-two for Mercedes in week two, but luck was rather on their side as Lewis Hamilton only inherited the lead after problems with Charles Leclerc’s engine allowed the Brit to close the eight-second gap.
The Chinese Grand Prix is a race Hamilton has dominated in the past with five victories between 2008-2017, but a sixth success seems unlikely as although they won in Bahrain, it was clear to see that Ferrari have the best engine and China is a track that has favoured that in the past.
If they can improve their reliability, then it’s very difficult to oppose them here.
Ferrari To Steal The Headlines?
With this F1’s 1000th Grand Prix, it’s written in the stars that their most famous brand and car should go on to win. Despite being only two races into his career at the top level, Leclerc goes off as slight favourite ahead of Sebastian Vettel and it’s understandable why.
The young Monacan showed the Italian manufacturers clearly have the better car, yet Vettel could only manage fifth in Bahrain after yet another high-profile mistake – spinning his car while being passed by Hamilton.
The German has yet to bury the memories of 2018, where he made a number of errors. Despite overtaking Leclerc at the start, he was out-driven by his younger rival and had it not been for issues out of his control, Leclerc would have won his maiden Grand Prix.
The 21-year-old looks like a future champion in waiting and the pain of the Bahrain can ben ended with victory in Shanghai.
Best Of The Rest
In the minor honours, other Ferrari engine cars are sensible to follow. Outside of the ‘Big Three’ teams (Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull), Alfa Romeo have amassed the most points in the Constructors title.
Kimi Raikkonen is responsible for all 10 of them with finishes of eighth and seventh so far, and the Finn should be backed to go one better for a top-six finish this week.
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