Ferrari is on a roll, once again locking out the top two spots in qualifying for the Shanghai Grand Prix. Championship leader Sebastian Vettel has taken pole position, with teammate Kimi Raikkonen coming in second.
While Vettel has been on fire every race so far this season, Raikkonen has been somewhat inconsistent, as evidenced in Bahrain where he accidentally ran over a member of his pit crew, forcing him to retire from the race. The Iceman showed little contrition following the incident.
Mercedes Struggles To Keep Up
With the prancing horses proving to be top dogs in qualifying, the silver arrows were hot on Ferrari’s heels over the weekend, with Valtteri Bottas taking third and Lewis Hamilton taking fourth.
Both competed impressively at Bahrain last weekend, viciously chasing down the seemingly unstoppable Sebastian Vettel. Bottas has thus far proved to be the German’s biggest threat so far this season, giving an unrelenting assault on the last three laps of the race in Bahrain. The question is, will Ferrari’s luck against Mercedes hold in Shanghai?
Red Bull Picks Up The Pace
While there’s no denying that Red Bull Racing had an awful weekend in Bahrain, they seemed to be improving, taking 5th and 6th on the grid. Max Verstappen especially had a tough weekend in the Middle East, as he collided with Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes early in the race, puncturing his left rear tire. His teammate Daniel Ricciardo had an equally uplifting qualifying session, taking 6th position behind Verstappen.
While there is still no word on what caused the sudden complete loss of power on Ricciardo’s car last weekend, hopes are high that the team will face fewer struggles in the weeks to come.
Where On Earth Is McLaren?
While the orange Brits of McLaren May have put on a mediocre performance in Bahrain, the same could not be said of their qualifying session in China. Veteran driver Fernando Alonso took 13th, with his rookie teammate Stoffel Vandoorne taking 14th. Alonso claimed that 13th was the ‘maximum’ they could have hoped for, and the team are anticipating tire troubles in the upcoming race.
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