Mercedes looked in confident mood in China on Friday morning, with Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas finishing first and third. Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen split them in the times, but did so on the quickest ultrasoft tyre – which neither silver car used.
Bottas’s maiden pole comes in only his third race for Mercedes and his … Toto Wolff was also full of praise for Bottas, saying his qualifying performance … as he seeks his first race win, his best previous results being the pair of
One thing’s for sure, having taken a drivers’ and constructors’ double for the past three seasons, there will be no shortage of interest in the spare seat. But with all of the most experienced drivers already tied down, Mercedes will find it extremely tough to find a driver approaching Rosberg’s calibre.
Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg – who crashed late in the session – were the only others to get within a second of the Dutchman.
Fred Vasseur is accustomed to success in motorsport, having nurtured talents such as Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg during his career as GP2 team boss. This year, however, he has taken on his biggest challenge yet – leading Renault’s bid to once more become a winning works squad. With the season at its nominal midpoint …
Ricciardo lies fifth in the driver standings on 48 points, one place and 10 points above Verstappen.
There were some clear losers amid the lap one chaos in Sochi on Sunday – and one very clear winner at the chequered flag. But who really left Russia on a high, and who had a Grand Prix to forget?