'Struggling' Lewis Hamilton less comfortable than Bottas - Chinese Grand Prix 2019

Elena Summers
April 15, 2019

"Max got himself into a good position between the two Ferraris for the final run but unfortunately as things got backed up at the last hairpin, he was passed by Sebastian", Horner said.

He was 46 years and 41 days when he clinched his fifth championship (PA Archive/PA Images) Out of the 764 drivers to have started an F1 race, the United Kingdom - with 163 - has had more participants than any other country (David Davies/PA) Monza has staged more grands prix (68) than any other country.

In Bahrain, Leclerc took pole position but lost the lead to Vettel and second place to Mercedes' Valtteri Bottas thanks to a poor start.

Leclerc aborted his first quick lap on the qualifying simulation runs and when he did finally try again after a number of slow laps he was not able to approach Vettel's pace. In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes leads with 87 points versus the 48 of Ferrari and 31 of Red Bull.

"I was struggling with the vehicle today, so we've got work to do, particularly on my side as Valtteri looked much more comfortable in the auto. Hopefully we can recover and take the win here in Shanghai".

The four-time world champion also attracted attention on social media during the session for telling his Ferrari mechanics to cool down the brakes of Toro Rosso's Alexander Albon, whose brakes were on fire at the FIA weighbridge.

Questions there are many and answers, just a few; so here are 5 predictions for 2019 Chinese Grand Prix for you!

Bookmakers are backing Ferrari to overcome a hard start to the season and put the struggles of the first two weekends behind it.

Compared to the previous Bahrain Grand Prix, the cooler temperatures in China this time of year are much kinder on the cars and the crew, although the weather can be quite changeable and rain is often a feature.

Title holder Hamilton was 23 hundredths of a second back while Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was three-tenths behind in third and his team-mate Charles Leclerc fourth on Sunday's grid. "It was ok a year ago, and I need to change a bit the way I drive to get the maximum from the auto".

I had a good battle with Seb, but even after that you could clearly see that we didn't have the pace to fight, at least I tried.

As for the rest of the season, Ferrari are set to continue to prioritize Vettel, although that may change.

After being urged to speed up by his race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase, Verstappen yelled over the team radio: "F--, I'm finished mate".

Among the sport's most loved characters, Kimi Raikkonen now has no more than 10 points on the Drivers' Rankings, with 2 races behind him.

As Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button all claimed a title each between 2007 to 2009, Adrian Newey, Sebastian Vettel and the Red Bull vehicle then became unstoppable for four straight years.

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