Mercedes the team to beat in China — Sebastian Vettel

Lewis Hamilton signed autographs for fans on Tuesday as he enjoyed some time in Shanghai

Lewis Hamilton signed autographs for fans on Tuesday as he enjoyed some time in Shanghai

Sebastian Vettel, who was seen walking the Shanghai race track with his Ferrari engineers on Thursday, has already stormed into a 17-point lead at the top of the driver standings after taking both victories.

Hamilton has blamed Verstappen for what he called a "silly" and "unnecessary collision", while Verstappen has insisted Hamilton was at fault.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen has said it was "easy" for Lewis Hamilton to blame him for their incident in Bahrain because he is the "younger driver".

Hamilton went on to finish third but the coming together punctured a tyre on Verstappen's car, eventually damaging the gearbox and forcing him to retire.

Lewis Hamilton won in 2017 with a two-stop strategy, starting on the intermediate and then completing two stints on the soft. He said he might, but it wasn't a priority or a necessity.

Verstappen got it wrong, touched wheels, got a puncture and was out of the race. Unfortunately this time it didn't work out.

Ferrari has a 2-0 victory advantage over Mercedes, and while Sebastian Vettel's victory at the Australian Grand Prix was undoubtedly helped by a timely Virtual Safety Car, the Bahrain Grand Prix was a genuine display of strength from Ferrari, with Vettel securing pole and holding off a late challenge from Valtteri Bottas to take the win.

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"For example last year in Mexico it could have gone wrong as well, maybe for me or maybe for another car, as you can see in Mexico it did".

So this race should be an interesting test of whether the change has had the desired effect on Ferrari. I think overall if you take into account all the testing we did et cetera, then Mercedes is still the favourite going in. He's going to have some great races and he's going to have bad races, just as I will do today, even though I'm much older than him. I had a fair shot at it. It was nothing crazy, nothing risky.

We're certainly not saying this is a must-win for Hamilton but he has never won a championship in a year which he didn't claim a win in the opening three rounds. It's racing; it's very simple. Schumacher's win in 2006 was the 91st and final time the seven-time world champion would stand on top of a Grand Prix podium.

Verstappen said he had not talked with Hamilton since the incident. When it's so close, you start to think about every lap and every corner after the race, trying to figure out if there is something you could have done better. And that is the only way I see it'.

Stories to watch for at the Chinese Grand Prix are below. "I don't know why that is".

And Toro Rosso were again ahead of McLaren, Pierre Gasly, so impressive on his way to fourth in Bahrain last weekend, 11th fastest, 0.007secs quicker than McLaren's Fernando Alonso.

Certainly the ingredients are there for a superb fight this weekend.

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