A better start this season, Formula 1 officials and the pilots Ferrari couldn't even imagine. Sebastian Vettel, last season losing the title to Lewis Hamilton, won the first two races of the championship 2018 in Australia and Bahrain. And now he has all the chances even more to break away from their competitors during the Grand Prix in China.
Where and when?
The race will be held in Shanghai, on the track of Shanghai International Circuit, the length of which is slightly less than five and a half miles – 5451 meter. As racers will need to cross the finish line fifty-six times, that is why they need to do a little more than three hundred five kilometers.
Two first practice race will be held on Friday, the thirteenth of April. On Saturday, the pilots will bring the cars to the track for the third training cycle and training. The race itself will start on Sunday, the fifteenth of April, at nine in the morning Moscow time.
Interesting facts about the Chinese Grand Prix and the track in Shanghai:
- Shanghai International Circuit was built in the first half of the last decade by Herman Tilke, who tried to enter to the configuration of the racetrack shape of the Chinese character "Shang";
- Hamilton enough to pass the first only two rounds to reach the eighteen thousand miles of leading;
- but if three circles in the first position will hold Vettel, he will overcome the mark of the sixteen thousand kilometers as a leader;
- also Sebastian, in case of victory, Victoria will celebrate the fiftieth time in his career;
- in the event of winning first place Vettel can win the thirty-first win after their starts from pole position;
- a year ago in China was the best Hamilton started from the first place and hasn't passed ahead of any competitor throughout the race.
Words before race
In statement Toto Wolff, the team now has something to think about. Head of Mercedes Motorsport admitted that did not expect from Ferrari such speed at the start of the season. It is possible that all the matter in the new tyres, which haven't changed.
Hamilton can't say why his car fails to show a good result and beat the competition. The Briton hopes that the race will be interesting due to the great opportunities for overtaking. That's just the guys from Ferrari can go forward at the start. And then to overtake will be there and especially someone... Although according to Lewis, much will depend on the weather that is spring in China is rather capricious.
Also the lack of speed complained and Eric boullier, who occupies the position of racing Director of McLaren. But he assured reporters that his mechanics know how to do MCL33 a little faster.
But Sergey Sirotkin, who will for the first time to overcome the Shanghai route, confident in his abilities. Pilot Williams hopes his team will achieve high results in China.
But I'm completely happy with my car and the situation Sebastian Vettel. He is confident that he will be able to win third time in a row. And about the best beginning of the season the pilot of the Scuderia could only dream of.
Who will be the winner of the Grand Prix of China? Forecasts bookmakers
Most firms believe the favorite of the race Sebastian Vettel. It is unlikely that he will concede to some of the competitors, until his car shows the best results in speed. Barring unforeseen collisions and other troubles, to compete with him for the first place can unless Kimi Raikkonen.
But in the case of sudden changes of weather or accidents ahead might be the representatives of the Mercedes. And it may be like Hamilton, and BottaS. the Others are unlikely to finish on the first line. At least, if not bring to mind the cars already for Sunday morning. And most likely this in addition to the above teams have the mechanics of McLaren and Red Bull. So, to be on the podium at least theoretically, can Alonso, Verstappen or their partners.