Connect with us

2013 F1

Rivals expect another Mercedes win in China

Published

on

F1+Grand+Prix+China+Qualifying+tvKpN7O7_v6x
Dominant Mercedes’ main rivals are not confident the silver-clad team can be beaten in China.

Although buoyed by obvious progress since Bahrain, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso almost wrote off a bid for victory after qualifying fifth on Saturday.

“Nothing is impossible, because this is sport,” he told the Spanish press.

“But it would be a strange thing tomorrow if we went out and won the race,” he added. “The first thing I would do is rub my eyes.”

Even Red Bull, whose two drivers managed to split the Mercedes cars in Saturday’s Chinese rain, is not very hopeful.

Asked if his Red Bull can compete with the powerful Mercedes, Sebastian Vettel answered: “Well, I think if we put two chicanes in all the straights, then yes.”

More than a second slower than pole-sitter teammate Lewis Hamilton on Saturday, Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg blamed his fourth place on his faulty dashboard display.

“I was half a second quicker going into the last corner,” said the German, “but my time delta on my steering wheel display said that I was two tenths slower. So I just took a big risk and spun.”

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff, however, said Hamilton’s six-tenths advantage over second place showed that the 2008 world champion “was in a league of his own” on Saturday.

Indeed, Hamilton drove past F1 legends Jim Clark and Alain Prost’s career pole tallies in China, and on Sunday the Briton could complete a rare hat-trick of race wins.

“What is most striking is the gap between him and the others,” former driver Patrick Tambay told France’s RMC.

“It shows that it is probably the man, the driver, that is making the difference,” he added. (GMM)

Loading...

Comments

Latest Results




Latest F1 News

2018 F16 hours ago

Hamilton and Vettel Battling For The F1 Title

113SharesThe British Grand Prix at Silverstone is one that Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes have dominated for years and that trend...

2018 F14 days ago

Can Red Bull Challenge Mercedes And Ferrari?

24SharesSo, things didn’t exactly go to plan for Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes at Silverstone as the Brit made a disastrous...

2018 F14 days ago

Liberty working on securing future of British GP – Brawn

5SharesRoss Brawn says Liberty Media is working on securing the future of the British grand prix. Silverstone owner the BRDC...

2018 F14 days ago

Grosjean form ‘unacceptable’ – Haas F1

1ShareGunther Steiner says a “critical moment” could come amid his patience with struggling Haas driver Romain Grosjean. Frenchman Grosjean has...

2018 F14 days ago

No ‘negotiations’ with Raikkonen yet – McLaren

36Shares Zak Brown says McLaren has not yet opened contract talks with former team driver Kimi Raikkonen. It is rumoured in...

2018 F14 days ago

Wolff wants Hamilton beyond 2020

659SharesToto Wolff has revealed he wants to keep Lewis Hamilton at Mercedes even beyond 2020. Although not yet announced, it...

2018 F15 days ago

Renault engine power deficit a bigger problem – Verstappen

5SharesMax Verstappen says Red Bull’s title chances have taken a dive. Although the Dutchman won in Austria, he says at...

2018 F16 days ago

Ricciardo admits 2019 Red Bull contract ‘likely’

1ShareDaniel Ricciardo now says it is “likely” he will stay at Red Bull in 2019. Earlier, the Red Bull driver...

2018 F16 days ago

Alonso no fan of proposed expand points system

44SharesFernando Alonso says he is not sure changing the points system is a good move for F1. Over the British...

2018 F16 days ago

Renault felt like F2 engine – Verstappen

105SharesMax Verstappen says he feels as though he has been relegated to Formula 2. In the Honda era, Fernando Alonso...




Most Popular

ThisisF1.com is not affiliated with Formula 1, Formula One Management, Formula One Administration, Formula One Licensing BV, Formula One World Championship Ltd or any other organization or entity associated with the official Formula One governing organizations or their shareholders. Copyrighted material used under Fair Use/Fair Comment.

References
We could use the following leading F1 news sources for stories: SkyF1, BBC F1, Autosport, ESPN F1, FIA Media Center, MotorSport, JamesAllen and others leading authors blog.

All Rights Reserved © 2017 Prime Sport Media