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."