Chinese Grand Prix: Bottas fastest in second practice

Chinese Grand Prix: Bottas fastest in second practice

Ferrari nearly cost Vettel by leaving him this late until he took matters into his own hands. "I'm just trying to be nice, but everyone is f-- it up".

The Chinese Grand Prix has a habit of throwing up exciting races with mixed strategies, but tyre supplier Pirelli has predicted a one-stop on Sunday.

Turning attention to this weekend, while Mercedes have maximum points after two races, Ferrari may yet emerge as slight favorites for the win, with young charger Charles Leclerc looking set for a debut victory last time out in Bahrain before an engine issue dropped him to third.

"I'm not one for birthdays, I'm not one for anniversaries, I'm not one for special days like this", said Hamilton, who is a point behind his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the top of the early drivers' standings. The final qualifying session saw all cars put attempt to put in two lap times, except the Haas who saved their only available new set of soft tires for a run towards the end of the final session.

They are by no means a certainty to challenge at the front, but if the race does become fragmented, they are in a good position to pounce and a 13/1 shot for Red Bull to provide the victor looks like a valuable punt - and a clever hedge against Hamilton's chances.

Vettel said that it has been a positive day for himself and the team as they look to be the favourites to lead on Saturday and Sunday, but the German is wary that the team still needs to their homework in order to keep on improving the vehicle and remain ahead of their competitors in qualifying and race trim.

Lewis Hamilton, with five wins, has enjoyed more success around the 5.4-kilometer long Shanghai International Circuit than any other driver by far.

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Being able to say they triumphed in the 1,000th race is added incentive for all drivers and teams.

Leclerc dominated the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend but his Ferrari SF90 lost a cylinder during the closing stages, which was eventually traced to a never-before-seen short circuit within an injection system control unit.

Vettel finished fifth there and media in Ferrari's native Italy have their knives out.

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

The last was at Brands Hatch in 1983, when reigning world champion Keke Rosberg stood on top of a podium that also featured American Danny Sullivan and Australia's 1980 F1 champion Alan Jones.

It was pretty poor from most teams to leave it this late and Mercedes got their strategy right and benefitted. Xinhua will be there to keep you updated of all the happenings across practise, qualifying and, of course, Sunday's race.

Max Verstappen lifted his Red Bull into fourth with their upgrades. It has not been a great race for me, but overall the weekend has not been as strong as I wanted.

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