NOTEBOOK – Chinese Grand Prix – Review

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Nico Rosberg took his fifth successive victory in the Chinese Grand Prix. The world championship leader didn’t glide through he worked hard to fight after he was jumped by Red Bull this was a shock and was after his team-mate hit the Ferrari.

The start

Daniel Riccardo actually made the better get away to jump Rosberg into turn one and then Kimi Raikkonen tried to pass Rosberg into turn one. Raikkonen got ahead of Sebastian Vettel who clipped the rear of his team-mate sending him wide of track

The Sauber reacted so hit Lewis Hamilton which damaged his front wing sending him wide and his front wing got trapped under his cars. This is no more than a racing incident.

Vettel apologised over team radio saying “Massive apologies to the team. But surely I didn’t do it on purpose. I’m really sorry for Kimi. There was nothing I could do, Kvyat came like a torpedo and I had to react.”

Hamilton made a good recovery but he needs to start delivering now some good results he admitted when speaking to BBC News “didn’t feel the dark cloud I have had in the past over me. We will get up and try harder next time.”

Red Bull

Red Bull is looking much better than over the last two years they could be part of the top four this season. They are in a good place and so are Renault this season. Its hard to think last year we were on the verge of a break down between them and Renault.

They have a much better package and maybe were playing down expectations but they could be in the fight between Force India, Williams and there sister team Toro Rosso for third to fifth in the championship.

Rise from defeat

One of the surprises over the last six races has been the rise of Rosberg he has no broken a record standing since the 1960’s of most races won without a world title. If he does become world champion it would be twenty years exactly since Damon Hill’s title when he was the first to be a son of a world champion to become world champion.

We all remember Murray Walker’s peace of commentary “and I got to stop I have a lump in my throat.” Will we be saying the same twenty years later.

See you in Sochi

The next round in recent years has been dominated by one man Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes. Mercedes will want to take a fifth back to back victory in Russia the circuit once again will be the fight between the Mercedes and Ferrari.

The circuit plays to Mercedes but there will want both cars in top form.

The data

Race weekend 2015 vs 2016



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