The threat to Mercedes’ four-year reign is finally here, with Scuderia Ferrari confirming their improvement over the testing season by claiming the first two races of the campaign. The Maranello team went one-two in qualifying last Saturday, and although Kimi Raikkonen wasn’t able to finish the race due to a pit-stop incident, Sebastian Vettel still came away with the win, despite having degrading tyres and a far-quicker Valtteri Bottas on his tail in the final laps of the Bahrain Grand Prix.
The win all but confirmed Scuderia Ferrari competitiveness, so the question now is: how will Mercedes respond in China? The Chinese GP has been a happy hunting ground for the Mercedes team of late, winning five out of the last six races, including the past four in a row. However, the Silver Arrows have been underwhelming so far this term, and there’s a feeling that if they cannot get a win in China, then the Italian side will be favourite to take both the driver’s and constructors’ championships.
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