The first two races of the season have been exciting to watch and it does look as though we are in for a cracking campaign, but stopping Sebastian Vettel is going to be tough once again. The German was in the headlines after the Malaysian Grand Prix last time out as he went against Red Bull’s orders and overtook teammate Mark Webber to win the race, something that did not go down well at all with the Australian.
In truth, the three-week break from action came at the perfect time for Red Bull as it took them out of the limelight for a little while and gave Webber and Vettel the chance to reflect on what happened in Malaysia.
They should be fully-focused on the Chinese Grand Prix now and the team will be desperate for a win as they have come out on top just once in this race with Vettel winning in 2009. The Red Bull car looks to be quick and you can be sure that the World Champion and Mark Webber will be in contention. Vettel is the 2/1 favourite to win here.
Kimi Raikkonen is the man that currently sits in second place in the Drivers’ Championship, but he hasn’t managed to win here since 2007 when he was driving for Ferrari.
The most successful driver round the Shanghai circuit over the last few years has been Lewis Hamilton as he won here back in 2008 and in 2011. Of course, the Englishman was with McLaren during those victories, but his Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg was the winner here last time out.
Hamilton looks as though he is enjoying life at Mercedes at the moment and he has taken 25 points from the first two races, which is a decent return. What he will want now his first win of the season and he is at 8/1 to come out on top.
Fernando Alonso is likely to be in contention and will be desperate for some points after retiring after just one lap in Malaysia. The Spaniard can be backed at 4/1.
The likes of Jenson Button and Felipe Massa also have the quality to come out on top here.
It should be a superb weekend of action in China and after a break, it is going to be interesting to see if any changes or tweaks have been made following the first two encounters.