Chinese GP: Max Verstappen and Sebastian Vettel colllide

Doris Richards
April 15, 2018

So just as we were signing just now I shook his hand and I was like, 'Look, I'm sorry about the last race.' Regardless of whether it is his fault or my fault, it doesn't really matter.

"It's good to see all the times so close, but it means that we really need to bring our A game". I was beating myself up but I knew if I had a better lap I could do it'.

Then, in Q3, as Sebastian Vettel, seemingly from out of nowhere, produced a 1:31.095, the Iceman, who was quicker in the first two sectors, appeared to lose time in the final sector, finally stopping the clock at 1:31.182, leaving him starting from second on the grid for the third successive race. 'Today just went away from us, Ferrari upped their pace throughout the weekend, probably not showing their true pace yesterday. "I had no pace so was just trying to hold on for whatever I had".

"Thank you guys, great qualifying, great vehicle", said Vettel, who also started from pole in Bahrain last weekend, over the team radio. "We had a tail wind down that straight the whole race, so I guess he misjudged and compromised both of our results".

The four-time F1 series champion has finished second and third in the two races this season, respectively, and could use a win to get back the momentum from his 2017 year where he won nine races.

"No, if we would swing like this and say this is the end of the era, it would be not the right mindset".

Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff revealed that making the tyres work was the problem. The vehicle doesn't feel much different so I think they have just turned it up.

Daniel Ricciardo was the surprise victor of the Chinese Grand Prix as inspired tactics by his Red Bull Racing team and some ruthless overtaking gave the Australian victory in Shanghai.

Mechanics were seen frantically snapping major pieces of the car's body back into place as the clock ticked down, and the Australian driver tore out onto the track with only about a minute to spare. "We definitely were not doing that for the cameras", said a clearly relieved Ricciardo.

"I'm thankful for a couple of incidents that happened ahead today, kept us kind of in the battle". "That will be fun".

The Ferraris were half a second clear of the rest of the field in qualifying and looked likely to make it three wins from three races in Shanghai. "It is a track where you just need to get in and find that sweet spot. To have that much of a gap (over Mercedes), it is a surprise".

"Obviously, I wouldn't mind if it stays there but I think it will be a tight race amongst the top three teams, and a long, tough race, but obviously it's good to start from the front". Renault now hold the cards when it comes to the fourth place battle, but Haas - and a recovering Force India - are primed to challenge.

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