Verstappen rages at rivals after Chinese GP qualifying

Verstappen rages at rivals after Chinese GP qualifying

At Ferrari, Leclerc has emerged as a serious contender after upstaging established team-mate Sebastian Vettel at the last round.

Vettel finished fifth and was comfortably eclipsed by Leclerc, who is a decade younger.

"I hope the vehicle will be as good as it was in Bahrain, so that I can continue to go for the results we deserve", said the 21-year-old Monegasque.

Since holding its first Grand Prix in 2004, Shanghai has seen its fair share of on-track agony and ecstasy, as well as a number of notable F1 milestones.

Max Verstappen admitted that Red Bull's lack of pace forced him to settle for fourth place at the Chinese Grand Prix, one which was dominated once again by Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes. This time it caught me out so I'm not happy about that, but it'll swing around and come back to others sometime.

"I was struggling with the vehicle, so we've got work to do - particularly on my side, as Valtteri looked much more comfortable in the auto", Hamilton said.

As Britain's auto industry thrived during the latter 20 century added with the world's leading engineers, this was reflected on the grid as Tyrell, Lotus, Williams and McLaren took centre stage, to showpiece some of the most enthralling cars and title wins the sport has seen.

The German completed his best lap in one minute, 33.911 seconds, going 0.207 seconds faster than Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton on a cool and overcast day at the Shanghai International Circuit. The Finn was on hard tires and immediately spun at Turn 1 when exiting the pits, while Hamilton was on mediums when he got a little further and swapped ends at Turn 2 in a sign of how lower tire blanket temperatures can affect grip.

The sport has often had a problem with anniversaries, with statisticians quibbling over how many starts teams and drivers have made, according to different definitions, and this one is no exception.

Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix will be the 1000th Formula One world championship race.

Ferrari's Charles Leclerc is gunning for his first win this week in China after cruelly missing out in Bahrain as Formula One's 1,000th race coincides with the emergence of a bright new star.

Contrasted with the past Bahrain Grand Prix, the cooler temperatures in China this season are a lot kinder on the cars and the crew, in spite of the fact that the climate can be very variable and downpour is frequently a feature.

Vettel is under pressure to deliver Ferrari's first world championship in more than a decade.

Leclerc, 21, started on pole position at Sakhir but fell behind before then overtaking the German, setting the fastest race lap and taking his first F1 podium. The reigning champions have chalked up onetwo finishes in each of the season's opening two races.

Red Bull's Pierre Gasly rounded out the top 10.

Admitting "they obviously have a great package", the Briton added: "You could say (they have) a stronger package than previous year".

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