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Chinese Grand Prix 2016 – Preview

The first two Grand Prix have almost gone true to form, with Mercedes clearly still the fastest car once in clear air, but a couple of chinks in its armour have left the door open from Ferrari, even if they have not been able to capitalise on that themselves.

It has been a dream start for Nico Rosberg winning both in Australia and Bahrain, and for Lewis it has been verging on a disaster following two difficult races. A damage limitation exercise by the three time world champion meant that he scored a second and third place finish. The twenty one race calender though means there is plenty of time for him to catch up, with Rosberg not looking too far ahead at the moment.

You really do have to congratulate Haas for the start they have made this season. For a private team, although with help from Ferrari, to have two points scoring (and decent points at that) in their first two races is quite an achievement. Romain Grosjean has shown he is a true leading player, and one which could be in demand if other teams come knocking. China should be no different for the team, and point should once again be a target, for both drivers.

The question marks of Sauber at the moment at troubling. With it being public knowledge that the staff were paid late in February, and regular rumours about extra financing are not good for the image of the sport. A link to Ferrari has also been rumoured, with possible Alfa Romeo branding.

So we go to China with more of an idea about the order of the field. Mercedes is ahead of Ferrari, but the gap had come down slightly from last season. Behind its a bit of a catfight with Red Bull, Williams, Toro Rosso and Force India in the battle at the higher end of the midfield. Even McLaren can be in that group some of the time. Manor, although progressing and looking much faster than in previous years is still battling at the end of the field, unfortunately with Sauber and Renault.

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Ashley Quint

Ashley founded the Purple Sector website back in 2012, later renamed to SpeedMajor which now covers both Formula 1 and Formula E. As well as writing on Formula 1, Ashley also works within the world of luxury travel and was a finalist in the Aspire Travel Trade Writer of the Year competition in 2013.

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