April 23, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - The Chinese Grand Prix may not have been the most exciting race we’ve witnessed so far this season, but it did teach us a few things.
We were spoiled by the Bahrain Grand Prix
The Bahrain Grand Prix was a real thriller but unfortunately the Chinese Grand Prix wasn’t a patch on it.
Even if the race winner dominates and there’s no real fight for the win, there’s usually plenty of action to be seen in the midfield but there didn’t seem to be much of that in Shanghai.
Lewis Hamilton is going to run away with the championship if his rivals aren’t careful
The Mercedes driver took his third win in a row and finished 18 seconds ahead of teammate Nico Rosberg.
Mercedes are sitting pretty at the top of the constructors’ standings and it seems it’s only a matter of time before Hamilton knocks passes Rosberg to take the lead in the drivers championship.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso put on a good show to take third place but unless that kind of performance becomes commonplace for him, or Red Bull, Mercedes are going to stroll away with the both titles this year.
McLaren’s form may not be what it appeared to be
The McLaren’s impressed at the season opener in Australia and it seemed that their poor form from the previous season was a distant memory.
Four races in and Button and Magnussen have failed to match or beat their finishing positions in China and both cars finished out of the points in China due to lack of speed.
Sebastian Vettel is a bit out of sorts
We knew that the rule changes would shake up the sport but it’s doubtful that many expected the defending world champion to be having this much trouble getting the best out of the car.
He has been asked to move aside for teammate Daniel Ricciardo twice this year and has been outperformed by him at both races that both of the Red Bull’s finished.
Pastor Maldonado’s crashes don’t surprise his engineers
During Friday free practice 2, Maldonado crashed while heading back to the pits. He announced the incident to his engineer over team radio and who replied with ‘oh, okay’.
A shot to the Lotus garage saw a group of team members watching the session and one, perhaps unaware he was being filmed, put his hand to his face before shaking his head and walking out of shot. Oops.
As Formula One heads to Europe we should be treated to an exciting Spanish Grand Prix as teams bring the first big updates to their cars.