Sebastian Vettel, three-time Formula One world champion, didn’t get off to a good start this season. After three races he is currently sixth in the drivers’ championship, the results are fairly modest. However, he will have the opportunity to climb in the standings in the next race that will be held in Shanghai.
“The new engines sound shit” Vettel said immediately, when asked what he thought about the sound of the new engines. “I think we’ll have to (change it)”. Shortly after, the driver from Heppenheim apologised for his statement but it is not only the sound of the V6 turbo engines, which he described to be “quieter than in a bar”, that bothers him – it is also the new technical changes at the beginning of the season that have enormously troubled his team Red Bull. In comparison to other racing teams – especially Mercedes – Vettel’s team did not take the opportunity to adequately adapt to the new conditions.
Especially engine constructor Renault will have to hurry up in order to bring the successful car of the past years back on track. Red Bull Racing team advisor Dr Helmut Marko has issued troubled engine supplier Renault with an ultimatum. “If there is no noticeable improvement in two or three months, we will definitely be talking about an alternative,” said Marko, who is famously close to Red Bull’s team owner Dietrich Mateschitz.
Hamilton and Rosberg
For Mercedes everything is working well at the moment. Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg are far ahead of the other drivers in the FIA Formula 1 Drivers’ World Championship. The German driver is the leader in the standings on 61 points and Hamilton, who was forced to retire after just three laps because of a broken cylinder, is second with an even 50. This is also reflected by the betting odds for the Drivers’ Championship because the Mercedes drivers are highly in favour of the bookmakers. In Bahrain, however, it has become obvious that the biggest rival of the Mercedes drivers can be found in their own team because on 18th lap Rosberg attacked Hamilton, but the Briton was able to hold the first position. On the next lap the German challenged his partner again and shoot ahead a few turns, but then Hamilton counterattacked and regained the first place. In the end, both drivers crossed the line safely.
Behind the Silver Arrows, the solid German driver Nico Huelkenberg in the Force India is now ranked third in the drivers’ standings on 28 points. He is a reliable driver and slightly ahead of Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso (26). Jenson Button in the McLaren and Sebastian Vettel are next on 23 points.
According to the oddsmakers, Lewis Hamilton is the favorite to win the race in Shanghai (winning odd of 1.95). Rosberg (3.00) is second and Sebastian Vettel third with a high winning odd of 17.00. Vettel will struggle in Asia because his Red Bull car may not be the fastest, but his skill as a driver may yet enable him to prevail. Therefore, he shouldn’t be written off. Here we have collected and compared all odds from the Formula One Grand Prix of China in Shanghai just for you.