2018 Chinese Grand Prix – Preview

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 (BST) Stuttgart (CEST)
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 Poles Front Row Fastest Laps DNF
Mercedes 8 5 9 6 8 3 2
L. Hamilton 11 5 8 6 6 4 1
V. 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
L. Hamilton 743 3,659 11,748 34,842 29,720,000
V. 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 Poles Front Row Fastest Laps 1-2 Wins 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