F1 : Chinese Grand Prix Preview

Well what a difference a week makes! In Malaysia a week earlier, there were many moans and groans (including us!) about the new season and lack of excitement. With Bahrain notorious for producing dull races, there wasn’t much hope but we witnessed one of the best Grand Prix in recent memory and the hunger for this season was ignited in everyone.

Bahrain Grand Prix Recap

Taking the top two out of the equation, there was no point in the race where you could pick the finishing places as everything changed at every pit stop and there were battles going on up and down the field, especially between team-mates. If this wasn’t enough, on lap 41, Maldonado inexplicably drove into the side of Guttierez when exiting the pits and caused a safety car which set up an exhilarating final 11 laps. It was looking like Hamilton had done enough in the middle stint to win comfortably but now he was faced with 11 laps on the slower tyre with Rosberg just behind on the faster. Keeping Rosberg behind seemed like an impossible task but Hamilton showed amazing race craft to lay a serious marker down in the title race and take the victory. Roles reversed, would Rosberg have been able to pacify Hamilton? Not a chance, it would have been a Hamilton victory or both cars into the garage with damage. if you missed it, be sure to check out the highlights.

Back to Maldonado, what is this guy doing in Formula One? I know he is a paid up driver, but if you had billions and wanted to invest in a driver, wouldn’t you choose one that wasn’t a complete moron and walking accident? Just check out this video from practice on Friday, have you ever seen anything like it? Words fail me.

Chinese Grand Prix Preview

This will be the tenth Grand Prix at Shanghai and with the longest straight on the calendar and unpredictable weather, this is a popular Grand Prix but certainly not any drivers favourite. With many slow corners it can be a challenging drive but despite the long straight, don’t expect the Mercedes engine domination from most of the Bahrain Grand Prix to continue. If Friday practice is anything to go by, Ferrari have found some pace to perhaps challenge Mercedes and Red Bull are also looking a shade ahead of Williams, McLaren and Force India. Hamilton will still be feeling good following Bahrain but hasn’t been happy with his car in practice whereas Rosberg knows that he needs to prevent Hamilton from winning three straight as a happy and confident Lewis may end up being too good to stop.

Race Predictions

  1. Lewis Hamilton
  2. Nico Rosberg
  3. Fernando Alonso
  4. Sebastian Vettel
  5. Kimi Raikkonen

More of a 2013 look to this prediction as Ferrari and Red Bull look to be strengthening and the Chinese track suiting them a little more than Bahrain. Picking between Lewis and Nico for the win is almost a coin toss, what is going to give that extra tenth? The confidence of Hamilton or the determination of Nico to prove that he can compete? Hamilton has been chosen purely because of previous at the track with two wins, although Nico has won more recently here so again very close.

The Chinese Grand Prix is live on Sky with highlights on BBC 1, here are the times:

Qualifying – Green light – 07:00
Sky F1 – 06:00 – 08:45
BBC 1 – 13:15 – 14:30 (highlights)

Race – Lights out – 08:00
Sky F1 – 07:00 – 10:30
BBC 1 – 14:30 – 16:30 (highlights)

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