2018 Chinese Grand Prix - Preview

09.
April 2018
Brackley

Battle resumes this weekend with Round 3 of the 2018 Formula One season at the Shanghai International Circuit.

  • Toto Talks China
  • Stat Attack: China and Beyond

Toto Talks China

This is not the start to the 2018 season we had hoped for. For two races in a row, we did damage limitation with one car and lost the win with the other. Both races were decided by fine margins, but that doesn’t make it any better; in fact, it probably makes it more frustrating.

The competition is extremely close in 2018 and Melbourne was already a strong reminder that there is absolutely no margin for imperfections or mistakes in this year’s title fight. While we saw a completely different race in Bahrain and lost for different reasons, the message stayed the same: In order to win this year, we need to bring our A game.

I think our team showed the right reaction after the chequered flag in Bahrain: instead of being satisfied with the double podium finish, everyone realised that P2 and P3 was the minimum result we should expect with both Red Bulls and Kimi out of the race. So we started to analyse what went wrong in Bahrain in order to improve for China and come back stronger.

We’re quite happy that this is a back-to-back race as that means that we won’t have to wait long to get racing again. Shanghai has been a good track for us in the past, so hopefully we will get the chance to right some of the wrongs of the past weeks and show a performance that is worthy of Mercedes.

Stat Attack: China and Beyond

2018 Chinese Grand Prix Timetable

Session

Local Time

(CST)

Brackley

(GMT)

Stuttgart

(CET)

Practice 1

Friday

10:00-11:30

03:00-04:30

04:00-05:30

Practice 2

Friday

14:00-15:30

07:00-08:30

08:00-09:30

Practice 3

Saturday

11:00-12:00

04:00-05:00

05:00-06:00

Qualifying

Saturday

14:00-15:00

07:00-08:00

08:00-09:00

Race

Sunday

14:10-16:10

07:10-09:10

08:10-10:10

 

Circuit Records – Mercedes F1 at the Chinese Grand Prix

 

Starts

Wins

Podium

Places

Pole

Positions

Front Row

Places

Fastest

Laps

DNF

Mercedes

8

5

9

6

8

3

2

Lewis

Hamilton

11

5

8

6

6

4

1

Valtteri

Bottas

5

0

0

0

0

0

0

MB Power

14

8

19

8

12

8

11

 

Technical Stats – Season to Date (Barcelona Pre-Season Test 1 to Present)

 

Laps

Completed

Distance

Covered (km)

Corners

Taken

Gear

Changes

PETRONAS

Fuel Injections

Mercedes

1,622

7,958

25,668

75,844

64,880,000

Lewis

Hamilton

743

3,659

11,748

34,842

29,720,000

Valtteri

Bottas

879

4,298

13,920

41,002

35,160,000

MB Power

4,196

20,681

66,299

197,149

167,840,000

 

All-Time Records - Silver Arrows in Formula One

 

Starts

Wins

Podium

Places

Pole

Positions

Front Row

Places

Fastest

Laps

1-2

Finishes

Front Row

Lockouts

Mercedes

170

76

157

89

157

57

40

50

Lewis

Hamilton

210

62

119

73

119

38

N/A

N/A

Valtteri

Bottas

99

3

23

4

8

4

N/A

N/A

MB Power

440

162

424

172

337

152

65

85

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