Nico Rosberg has won his third straight grand prix of the season as he dominated the F1 weekend in China. He started in the pole position and lead from start to finish in what was a very exciting race in Shangai. Sebastian Vettel finished second while Daniel Kvyat made it to the podium in third place.
Both Ferrari’s were quick of the line but made contact with each killing their chances of battling for first place. Daniil Kvyat had exciting race and bagged a podium finish.
Lewis Hamilton who started at the back of the grid after terrible qualifying made his way respectable 7th place and it might prove crucial if he can mount a title challenge later in the season. Vettel, Raikkonen and Kvyat were involved in early scuffle in on the first corner and Vettel was furious with Kvyat for risking which could have ended both Ferrari’s drivers race.
As the things stand its hard to see anybody trouble mercedes this season. Rosberg and Hamilton has won 35 races between them in the last 41 grand prixs while Rosberg has been so dominant that he is on a 6 grand prix win streak starting from tail end of the last year.
Chinese Grand Prix 2016 Preview: The weekend start with the friday practice sessions and SkyF1 coverage starts in the early hours of friday morning at around 2:45am uk time. While the qualifying will take place on Saturday, 16th April at around 8 am uk time and last but not the least, the Sunday’s Chine Grand Prix race begins at around 7 am uk time and SkyF1 coverage will begin 1 hour before it all begins.
Nico Rosberg has made his intentions clear in the opening two races having won both taking a 17 points lead at top of the drivers championship. Lewis Hamilton who has been unlucky is second with 33 points and one can assume if things won’t go Hamilton’s way for third straight grand prix he might crack which will only benefit Rosberg. Its all setup for a bumper weekend but we can safey assume Mercedes will be favourite to dominate in China.
Ferrari who were widely tipped to put up a better challenge for Mercedes has suffered some reliability issues but they do have the pace to match Mercedes. Kimi Raikkonen and Vettel has to show consistency for a longer period of time to challenge the two Mercedes favourites.
As far as surprise package is concerned, Haas has been absolute breath of fresh air having taken 6th and 5th place on the podium in the first two races respectively. Romain Grosjean has shown that he is well equipped in Haas F1 car to take control of 5th place.
Lewis Hamilton has been very successful at Shanghai international circuit having won four grand prixs here back in 2008, 2011, 2014 and 2015 while Fernando Alonso is the only other driver to have won more than once here. Mercedes has dominated Chinese grand prix in last two years and they are the favourites to do well here this weekend.
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