Valtteri Bottas edges Sebastian Vettel to set the pace in China

The Battle With Ferrari

A lot has happened in the nearly seven decades since F1's first season, but impressively two teams that competed back then are still present today: Alfa Romeo and Ferrari. After securing race wins in the opening pair of Global Positioning System in Australia and Bahrain the Silver Arrows have once again locked out the front row of the grid.

24 - If Mercedes earn at least 24 points they will reach the 284-point mark in China, more than the German team have amassed at any other circuit.

The Scuderia's driver policy has come into question in the wake of Charles Leclerc's stunning weekend last time out in Bahrain, where the 21-year-old proved he is more than capable of beating his four-time world championship-winning teammate.

Binotto says Vettel will continue to be preferred in tight battles for now, but insists both drivers are otherwise free to race, and the priority order may change in the future.

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Cautioning however that the season is in its infancy, Hamilton said that he hopes to beat the Ferraris of Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel fair and square, rather than hope they suffer some kind of mechanical problem.

Leclerc's performance in Bahrain raised questions about Ferrari's policy of favouring Vettel in marginal calls at the start of the season. He's yet to stand anywhere on the podium.

Verstappen was left fuming on Saturday during qualifying when he was overtaken by Ricciardo and Renault teammate Nico Hulkenberg, as well as Ferrari star Sebastian Vettel.

"The vehicle has the pace in it to compete at the front, we just need to find the right set-up".

"I'm not happy about it but it will swing around and it will come back to others as well".

Ferrari will not roll over easily and are rightly favourites but when you are getting 5/2 on Lewis Hamilton to win at one of his favourite circuits, it feels like a no-brainer to get behind him.

The Monegasque locked his wheels in his opening run and was then told over the radio from his Ferrari team on a subsequent lap: "We need you to push a bit".

Hamilton later pointed towards Vettel's career resume which boasts four championships in support of the German.

"Overall it was a positive day", said Vettel.

"On the final run in Q3 (last part of qualifying) I followed the Ferrari in front of me as we were all in a queue", said Verstappen, explaining why he was so irate.

As Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button all claimed a title each between 2007 to 2009, Adrian Newey, Sebastian Vettel and the Red Bull auto then became unstoppable for four straight years.

'In Bahrain there are definitely things I could have done better, ' said Bottas.

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