Predictions for 2019 Chinese Grand Prix: Ferrari Beat Merc and Other Predictions

Ferrari

At Ferrari, Leclerc has emerged as a serious contender after upstaging established team-mate Sebastian Vettel at the last round.

The Monegasque ignored a team order to stay behind Vettel in Bahrain, pointing out that he was quicker.

"You're trying to be nice but everybody's just f****** it up".

Verstappen holds the record for the youngest-ever F1 grand prix victor, clinching victory at the age of just 18 at the Spanish Grand Prix in 2016.

It also moved him into the lead in the overall standings after only three races.

At the end of past year it was calculated that 21% of the power unit lap time gain over the course of the 2018 season had come from the Shell fuels and lubricants - which Leclerc was keen to praise. In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes leads with 87 versus the 48 of Ferrari and 31 of Red Bull.

"Something we agreed with both drivers is, in a few races' time, things may chance for whatever reason - bad luck or whatever could be the situation - we may change our position, no doubt", he said. "We've got work to do, particularly on my side as Valtteri looked much more comfortable in the auto".

In a nail-biting session, Bottas saw off the five-time world champion by just 0.023 seconds at the Shanghai International Circuit.

This is not only for the fact that it marks the 1000th Grand Prix in the celebrated journey of Formula 1.

But the German heads into tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix on a 231-day losing streak, while it is also uncertain whether he will continue to enjoy the backing of Ferrari as their number one driver.

Bahrain stated that Hamilton claimed victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix on a Sunday, with Valtteri Bottas the victor in Australia on the opening.

After leading most of the Bahrain GP, Leclerc's electrical fault with his power unit forced the Ferrari to slow, and although he relinquished the lead to Hamilton, a late-race Safety Car ensured he finished third at the flag - his first podium in F1. Liberty is in the middle of negotiating a new, hard contract with its 10 teams that would go into effect with the 2021 season. "I can do better and we have lots of races to prove that but, at least when I am not at the top, it's good that he is". What's more, around 80 percent of a lap is spent cornering, so the tires battle to last, influencing this one of the races where methodology to can have a huge difference.

The German has won just once in China, when he handed Red Bull their maiden victory in 2009, before the current V6 turbo hybrid era.

The more experienced of the two Ferrari drivers shall make a move inside the opening lap on Lewis, with the Briton (already under pressure in front of Bottas' superior pace) appearing as a somewhat easy target.

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