Mercedes is leading the Constructor’s Championship of the 2018 Formula One Championship by only one point in front of Ferrari while Lewis Hamilton is trailing by a deficit of nine points behind Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel.
Max Verstappen caused a stir again in today’s Chinese Grand Prix by ramming his Red Bull into Sebastian Vettel’s Ferrari, ruining the championship leader’s race and depriving himself of a potential race victory.
Daniel Ricciardo can celebrate a brilliant victory that he made possible thanks to several decisive overtakes after a safety car period 20 laps from the end. Valtteri Bottas struggled to second on old tyres with Raikkonen finishing a close third.
Despite to the all-Ferrari front row in the Bahrain Grand Prix's qualifying session a week ago, the Scuderia's form shocked its rival Mercedes which was denied to pole position in Bahrain and Shanghai which used to be Mercedes' territory.
After the thrilling two rounds in Australia and Bahrain, Formula One did not stop for a moment and returned to action in China with its first Far Eastern race of the year.
Confirming once again that Ferrari have done a tremendous job last winter, Sebastian Vettel has taken pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix. Kimi Raikkonen makes it a Ferrari front row lockout by going second fastest. Both Mercedes will start behind them as they were half a second slower.
Ferrari has sent out a clear warning signal to its drivers by stretching a lead in the final practice session ahead of qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix. Sebastian Vettel ended up fastest and Raikkonen second, but both were easily ahead of their competition, lead by Valtteri Bottas.
After two surprise, but hard-fought triumphs, Scuderia Ferrari is desperate to cure the balance issues of its 2018 challenger and close in on the field-leading and pace-setting Mercedes team.
After a thorough inspection on Sebastian Vettel’s control electronics unit, Ferrari confirmed that the part which caused problems in the final free practice session of the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend, is fully ’healthy’ and ready for further useage.
The second practice session at Shanghai saw Lewis Hamilton edge out two Finns, the fastest of which was Kimi Räikkönen. The Ferrari driver was just 0.007s down on the pace setter, with their respective team mates also incredibly closely matched.