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Friday images from the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix

Silver Arrows target Shanghai showdown

Apr 082018

If you listen to the haters, Formula One is broken. The races are predictable. There’s no drama, and there definitely isn’t any overtaking.

That wasn’t the case at the 2018 Bahrain Grand Prix; a race which was action packed from lights-to-flag, and one which perfectly sets up this week's coming Chinese Grand Prix for the Mercedes-AMG Petronas Motorsport Team.

Valtteri Bottas' second place, ahead of Lewis Hamilton coming home in third under the Sakhir spotlights made it a double-podium finish for the reigning world champions. Yet the top step of the podium has eluded either of their drivers so far this season.

But that could all change in Shanghai, a circuit that has served the Silver Arrows well in the past. In fact, the team have won an incredible five of the last six Chinese Grand Prix, while Lewis has won the race five times himself.

No wonder then, he was feeling positive ahead of the flight from Bahrain to Shanghai. After the 57 lap race in the Bahrain desert he said: "Ferrari have shown over the last two races that they have the edge at the moment, but it is close and we definitely have to do a better job. Shanghai has always been a good hunting ground for me, so I really hope that we can go there with some strength."

Sebastian Vettel's win in Bahrain means he now has a 17 point advantage over Lewis, but the defending world champion has overturned much bigger deficits in the past to claim the title.


Lewis continued: "I am 17 points down already after just two races. Obviously the penalty was difficult for us all to swallow, but I think the team did a really good job. Hopefully when we go to the next race we'll have a better understanding of the tyres and hopefully put up a better fight with the Ferraris."


As for Valtteri, he pushed Vettel to the wire in Bahrain and is expecting the thrilling tussle with Ferrari to continue for the whole season, and keep fans on the edge of their seats.


Valtteri said: "Being second with such a close margin and having good pace at the end is extremely disappointing, so for sure I will try to get them next time. It's very close and it's going to be an interesting season. We still have work to do, especially for conditions like in Bahrain. I think we can see some positives, but the main thing for us is to really learn from this weekend."


Stay tuned, as F1 touches down at the incredible Shanghai International Circuit on Friday the 13th April. Lucky for some? Maybe…


Find out as lights go out on the main 56-lap event on Sunday 15th at 14:00 local / 06:00am GMT / 07:00 CET.

Bahrain Grand Prix race result:

1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1h32m01.940s 57

2 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 0.699s 57

3 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 6.512s 57

4 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m02.234s 57

5 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m15.046s 57

6 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m39.024s 57

7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1 Lap 56

8 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1 Lap 56

9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap 56

10 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap 56

11 Carlos Sainz Renault 1 Lap 56

12 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1 Lap 56

13 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1 Lap 56

14 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1 Lap 56

15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1 Lap 56

16 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1 Lap 56

17 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1 Lap 56

- Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari DNF / Wheel 35

- Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault DNF / Collision 3

- Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault DNF / Electrical 1