Chinese GP 2015 Preview

Ferrari beat Mercedes on strategy, can Vettel keep up the pressure on Lewis

Torrential rain during qualifying in Malaysia, and some clever tactics from Ferrari put to bed those who feared that is season would be dominated by Mercedes.

Sebastian Vettel took his first win for Ferrari in only his second race for the team. Vettel deciding to stay out during the safety car and changed tactics to a two-stop strategy, which meant that both Mercedes driver had to do another pit-stop. Vettel dominated in the second half of the race when the harder compound tyres where not working for Lewis, he was unable to catchup with the Ferrari and ended the race some 10 seconds behind, it leaves Vettel just 3 points behind Hamilton for the title. Following the win Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff said:

[quote_center]”To lose the race fair and square is a surprise and a bit of a wake-up call, which is good for us.” [/quote_center]

Ferrari hadn’t won a single race during last year but the change in management as well as bringing in four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel seems to have re-energised the team. We have to wait to see if this was a one-off that Ferrari capitalised on or whether Vettel and the team have a real chance for the championship.

This weekend we’re in Shanghai for the Chinese GP, which has always proven to be a track where team strategy is key. The track is quite wide with one of the longest straights in F1 so overtaking is less difficult which means there should be alot of great action on the track. Tyre degridation is lower than in Malaysia so expect to see more teams opting for a two-stop strategy.

As with Malaysia there a chance of rain during the race weekend which could mix things up and give some of the other teams such as Williams and Red Bull the advantage.

Right now with SkyBet you can get Lewis Hamilton to win at 4/6, Nico Rosberg 11/4 and Sebastian Vettel at 4/1.

Sky have a great outside bet for Daniel Ricciardo to to win the race at 100/1!

BetOTG Race Predictions
Place Driver
1st Nico Rosberg
2nd Felipi Massa
3rd Sebastian Vettel
Chinese GP Track details:
First Race Held 2004
Circuit Length 5.451km (3.387 miles)
Laps 56
Fastest Lap Nico Rosberg – 1:40.402
2014 Race Winner Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)