After Sebastian Vettel’s wins in the first two Grand Prix of the season, the third race of 2018 takes place in Shanghai on Sunday.
After seeing Sebastian Vettel win his second successive Formula 1 Grand Prix, world champion Lewis Hamilton is eager to “take the fight” to the Ferrari driver.
Vettel has won in Australia and Bahrain to score maximum points from the two opening races of the season. He is top of the drivers’ championship, 17 points ahead of Mercedes star Hamilton.
The British driver has opened the season with a second in Australia and third in Bahrain, where he came from ninth to secure a podium spot.Hamilton was delighted to get third place in Bahrain, after his pre-race gearbox penalty, but is keen to win his first race of the season this weekend at the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.
“I’m really, really keen [to get that first win]. I’m glad that the races are back-to-back because we’re coming on strong. It’s going to be a close race in Shanghai. The Ferraris have shown they are incredibly quick. It’s a good track normally for me so let me see if I can get the car where I need it and really take the fight to Sebastian.”
Hamilton won the 2017 Chinese GP ahead of second-placed Vettel and Red Bull driver Max Verstappen who came third. It is typically a stronger track for Mercedes than Bahrain is but the signs are that the race pace between the two big teams is very close this year and closer than last year
Where Mercedes retains an edge is in qualifying mode, increasing the probability that Hamilton will start on pole position and from there it is often down to race strategy where recently Ferrari have shown an edge over Mercedes
Outright prices for this weekend are as follows
At odds against (Hamilton was 8/11 before practice started for Bahrain) there is some rare value in the world champion’s price