Formula One Chinese Grand Prix preview, TV Info

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Sebastian Vettel was third. You can blame Vettel for not compromising his own race in order to stick to the agreement and overtaking Verstappen. "I think as a team we did a good job today, to undercut Ferrari and stay ahead as well".

The 2019 Chinese Grand Prix is expected to be one heck of a race.

In a sign of how competitive the top three teams look, one driver from each registered a fastest sector, with Verstappen quickest in the first sector, Bottas strongest in the middle and Vettel in sector three.

Hamilton completed a second successive Mercedes 1-2 after claimed victory at the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, with the victor in Australia on the opening weekend of the campaign called with Valtteri Bottas.

After being urged to speed up by his race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver Verstappen yelled: "They are such w******, honestly".

"It's not really any different to any other race to me", he said at a media event in Shanghai on Wednesday.

"But we know the others are going to work hard on their cars as well, so we're going to have to wait and see how much we can improve in relation to them".

"It is quite clear that he was quite a lot faster at that point", the four-time world champion said.

The race is scheduled to get underway at 2:10 p.m. local time (2:10 a.m. ET) on Sunday, April 14.

As for the rest of the season, Ferrari are set to continue to prioritize Vettel, although that may change.

Leclerc was on course for his first F1 win on his second start for Ferrari but one of his engine's cylinders stopped working in the closing stages of the race and he dropped to third. He has been the first one to point out the pitfalls in the Chinese Grand Prix and its location, but he has been remorseless once the lights go green.

The five-time world champion has competed in nearly a quarter of F1's 999 races and, from those 231 starts, he has enjoyed remarkable success, with his 74 wins ranking second only to racing great Michael Schumacher. "I expect it to be very close tomorrow and also on Sunday, so it will be key to keep working to improve the feeling with the vehicle".

"I hope that we do not have to rely on reliability and hope that we have a much closer race", he said.

But they are double-edged swords which also expose any shortcomings in terms of engine power and should prove once and for all which power unit can command supremacy after a ding-dong battle at the front of the grid in the opening two races. 'It was definitely not a flawless race, very different from Melbourne, but it was nothing to worry about as everything is understood'.

But that told, Magnussen won't have enough zoom in his wheels to beat a Red Bull just yet, even though it may seem that beating Gasly shouldn't pose such a problem.

His Honda-powered team won in China previous year, when they used Renault engines, with Australian Daniel Ricciardo.