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Ferrari dominance is F1 'turning point'

Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Chinese GP F1/2018
Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Chinese GP F1/2018

Apr.15 - Silver-clad heads are being scratched in Shanghai.

That's because Ferrari is clearly now the fastest car in formula one -- both in the Bahraini heat a week ago and now in chilly China.

"We're way too far behind," Mercedes team chairman Niki Lauda said after qualifying.

Both Mercedes drivers, as well as pole sitter and world championship leader Sebastian Vettel, admitted that Ferrari's dominance was a surprise.

"That Ferrari was strong in the heat in Bahrain did not surprise me," said Lewis Hamilton. "But in cold weather, we expected to be faster. I don't understand it."

Lauda, and his Mercedes co-chief Toto Wolff, think the problem is tyre related.

"Our problem is that our tyre window is far too small," said Lauda. "Ferrari has a much bigger window than us."

Wolff, though, urged against panic.

"A car doesn't lose its speed from one day to the next," he said. "There is nothing fundamentally wrong. We have a great car."

He thinks that hotter weather on Sunday will help the Mercedes car.

"If we still have a problem then we have a lot of understanding to do," admitted Wolff. "But normally we get ourselves out of trouble."

Some paddock pundits, however, think Saturday in China was extremely noteworthy.

"This is the turning point," 1996 world champion Damon Hill is quoted by The Sun. "For so long we have seen Mercedes dominate.

"If this is the start of a new era, then Lewis will have to think carefully about whether he signs up to Mercedes for a long term contract."

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  • Jazzi: "... so far in 2018"? What a laugh ?. Its pitiful to see a former world champion, superb driver and thoroughly pleasant chap get treated so shoddily. Respect to the Iceman for maintaining his class and dignity amidst Ferrari's disgraceful practices. They self-destructed last season, poetic justice some may say. If so, the implosion may be even worse this year because Kimi is genuinely competive. He out-qualified Seb in Melbourne, and in the last 2 qualifying sessions, he was only edged off pole by Seb in the final flying rounds of Q3. Yet, he still gets screwed by the Ferrari strategist in the races. Pathetic! View Post
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