F1 2018: 5 early predictions for the Chinese Grand Prix
With Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel ahead after 2 races of the 2018 Formula One Season, we go to China for the next chapter in this scintillating season.
Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton are close behind, and so early in the season a number of teams are in the mix for third. McLaren, Red Bull, Haas, Toro Rosso? It's all going down!
With everything to drive for so early in the season, the always unique Chinese Grand Prix could throw anything at the teams and drivers this year. Another wet race? A consecutive tire burner?
Mercedes and Ferrari are firmly on top, but at this point, and at this circuit, does anyone really know what's going to happen?
We sure don't, but like always, that won't stop us from trying!
#1 Hamilton on pole
Having secured a pole position this season in Australia, and after being ousted from the front row in Bahrain by the furious Ferraris, Hamilton will be looking to extend his pole position record to 74 this weekend in China.
A Mercedes has been on pole in China for every Grand Prix here from 2012 until today, hinting that the German team has got something right when it comes to this circuit.
No doubt, part of this comes from the powerful Mercedes engine which is heavily suited to main straights. The Chinese circuit has the joint longest main straight of the season (joint with Baku and Yas Marina,) allowing the silver arrows to get more out of this circuit than many others.
We would also be remiss if we didn't mention Mercedes infamous 'Party Mode'. No doubt, turning up the engine power over a 1 lap stint does wonders on this power hungry track.