F1 Preview: Chinese Grand Prix
Last time out: Bahrain GP resultHamilton clinched victory at the Bahrain GP as a failure with an engine component cruelly denied Leclerc his first victory in the sport and Ferrari. Bottas also gained from Leclerc's misfortune to make it another Mercedes 1-2 in the early stages of 2019.
Leclerc conversely benefited from a late safety car, allowing him to limp home in third. Vettel spun out of contention after his battle with Hamilton, consoling him to 5th place. A superb drive from Norris saw him finish as best of the rest in 6th, ahead of the consistent Raikkonen in the Alfa Romeo. Gasly came home in a rather disappointing 8th in the Red Bull, he'll need to improve his results before too long or questions will be asked.
Bahrain GP Top 10: 1. Hamilton, 2. Bottas, 3. Leclerc, 4. Verstappen, 5. Vettel, 6. Norris, 7. Raikkonen, 8. Gasly, 9. Albon, 10. Perez
Last season the Chinese GP provided plenty of entertainment as Ricciardo stormed through the field to take victory in the Red Bull. The 2 Finns followed, with Bottas ahead of Raikkonen - resulting in each of the 3 main constructors being represented on the podium.
This year's race plays host to the milestone 1000th GP, expect fireworks and extra motivation from the teams to deliver a strong result on the big occasion.
My podium prediction - 1. Hamilton, 2. Vettel, 3. Bottas
Remember to make your F1 Predictor and F1 Fantasy picks.
Good luck with those picks and enjoy the landmark race!
By Jack Lowe #KeepFightingMichael