Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari emerged on top down under around Albert Park, with Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes unable to cope with clearing Max Verstappen or catching the leading SF70H once he was back in clean air. Will it be more of the same for the Chinese Grand Prix? Or will Shanghai’s high speed nature see Mercedes winning again?
There are other unanswered questions too, Red Bull continue to be surrounded by speculation regarding their car, with people believing that the RB13 will struggle to get near Ferrari or Mercedes, especially at a circuit like Shanghai.
Force India look like they’re in an even stronger position than they were at this point last season, and we know how 2016 turned out for them. Can pink score double-points this weekend? Felipe Massa will be hoping to continue what appears to be a real upsurge in form, the Brazilian is back. Will he be saying “not bad for an old guy” 25-times over the Chinese Grand Prix weekend too?
Haas remain a question mark in 2017. Grosjean’s dizzying 6th place in Qualifying showed plenty of promise, but a water pressure failure saw the Frenchman retire early on and Magnussen’s scruffy driving cost the team any decent result in Melbourne. Maybe this weekend we will see the true potential of the American outfit. Here are our 10 predictions for the Chinese Grand Prix: