After the incredible Chinese Grand Prix, we wondered what most Ferrari fans would have wondered – why did Ferrari not ask Kimi Räikkönen to move over and let Sebastian Vettel pass? Could this strategic move have altered the race result? Did this ‘no team order’ strategy blunder cost Ferrari more than their tyre strategy for Vettel?
Frankly, many fans were happy that Ferrari let its drivers race. Yes, it’s unusual for the Prancing Horse, but it is something that Mercedes and Red Bull Racing have been doing for ages. Thank you, Ferrari. And since we’re thanking people, thank you Max Verstappen for a fantastic charge up the grid.
The Chinese Grand Prix also confirmed two things: Firstly, we’re about to witness a closely contested season after many many many years! It’ll be a Ferrari vs. Mercedes battle to start with and we’re praying Red Bull Racing join the action too. Secondly, it’ll be Sebastian Vettel vs. Lewis Hamilton battle for the Drivers’ Championship and while the form of their respective teammates Kimi Räikkönen and Valtteri Bottas who will determine the outcome of the Constructors’ Championship.
In this week’s Inside Line F1 Podcast episode, our hosts look forward to the first double-header racing weekend of the season. Yes, we’ll be racing in Bahrain in a few days. Should Bernie Ecclestone buy Interlagos just to have some fun with the new boys running Formula 1? Could Fernando Alonso deflect to Williams in 2018? Bye-Bye Sepang and hello Nürburgring or Hockenheim – can we have both? Tune in!
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