After two races, both of Ferrari and Mercedes count a success each. Who will take the advantage in Shanghai? Maybe the FIA could play a role in this story… http://fr.motorsport.com/f1/news/carburant-ferrari-et-mercedes-sous-haute-surveillance-a-shanghai
The men of Maurizio Arrivabene have got some realistic goals here. They want to be the second strength of the line-up and they could talk about this during the official press conferences: http://www.motorsport-total.com/f1/splitter/2015/04/zeitplan-fia-pressekonferenzen-in-schanghai-15040804.html. By the way, DC thinks Sebastian, who talks about his preparation in this article http://www.sebastianvettel.de/index.php/en/fitness-2/1427-what-kind-of-fitness-training-would-a-typical-f1-driver-go-through-in-order-to-drive-a-f1-car, is able to get his fifth crown this season. Whatever it happens in the championship, Clint Eastwood will pay a tribute to Ferrari. http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/robert-de-niro-to-play-legendary-enzo-ferrari-in-movie-epic
The world champions in title, which organized a meeting in Brackley last Wednesday, will aim a doubled on Sunday. They’ll have some aero evolutions including a new front wing. Yesterday, Lewis Hamilton, who is frustrated because of his delayed new contract (http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/hamilton-says-paperwork-delaying-new-mercedes-deal/), visited Shanghai’s contemporary universe with DC while Nico Rosberg met the fans during a PR event for IWC before giving some ITW and having a big surprise at the dinner (http://twitter.com/nico_rosberg/status/585828823817711618). Max Mosley asks the teams to find an agreement as soon as possible because the situation is very worrying but Bernie Ecclestone thinks it’s Mercedes’ fault.
Red Bull, which took part in a show run in India last Sunday (http://www.motorsport.com/f1/news/coulthard-apologises-for-indian-flag-incident/) and will have another roadshow on the 22nd of April (http://www.heute.at/sport/formel1/art23664,1144392), is going to try to be closer to Williams in Shanghai. Valtteri Bottas feels good, his back isn’t painful anymore. Toro Rosso thinks Renault has been in progress. Max Verstappen made the critics keep silent two weeks ago and according to his mom, the honors should be more Belgian than Dutch because he was born in Belgium.
Sauber expects a less disappointing round than in KL. The team from Hinwil has got a new front wing. Lotus will have some evolutions contrary to Sahara Force India. The Indian team will have them in Sakhir and their version B car will arrive in Spielberg only.
McLaren will have to wait for Barcelona for the real improvements. Regarding the crash of Fernando Alonso in February, his engineers said that his explanation isn’t plausible. (credit: the German magazine “Auto Motor und Sport”)
It would be worth if Manor hadn’t only a car on the starting grid on Sunday.
Hermann Tilke imagined the Shanghai international circuit which has been in the F1 calendar since 2004 (length=5,451 Km, laps=56, turns=7 at left and 9 at right). The Chinese Grand Prix is pretty boring apart from some rare exceptions. Ferrari dominates here (4 wins including a perfect weekend in 2004=pole and win for Rubens Barrichello and best lap on race in 1’32’’238 for Michael Schumacher). Both of Mercedes and Red Bull reign in qualifying (3 poles each). Among the field, nothing can resist to Lewis Hamilton here (4 poles and 3 wins). Sebastian Vettel owns the absolute best time for the pole in 1’33’’706 (RBR – 2011) and the record of the best rise belongs to Michael Schumacher (Ferrari – 2006: 6th in qualifying and 1st on race).
Last year, Lew Beauty (Mercedes) signed a perfect weekend (pole in 1’53’’860 and win). Both of his team-mate (best lap on race in 1’40’’402 and fastest speed on race in 336,8 Km/h) and Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) joined the Briton on the podium.
Pirelli has opted for the soft and medium tyres this weekend. The rain isn’t expected in Shanghai but the temperatures will be quite cold. Mark Blundell will be a race steward. The drivers could use their DRS in two aeras: http://www.motorsport-total.com/f1/splitter/2015/04/schanghai-drs-zonen-bleiben-unveraendert-15040935.html
There is the schedule for this weekend (local time – jetlag=6h): on Friday (FP1: 4am – 5:30am and FP2: 8am – 9:30am) ; on Saturday (FP3: 6am and Q: 9am) ; on Sunday (R: 8am – 1h earlier than in 2014)
(credit pic: newscom.com)