Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Is Mercedes F1 Losing Their Dominance?

Is Mercedes F1 Losing Their Dominance?

"Maybe not even calm down but maybe oversee the situation a little bit more".

"It should be hotter tomorrow", Hamilton said, "which could turn everything on its head".

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner had emphasised to Verstappen that he needed a clean weekend in Shanghai.

'Difficult day, ' said Hamilton, who already trails Vettel - who's won the opening two races - by 17 points. Then we were in trouble with Daniel and almost with Kimi in the end. "I told him that was the way to solve it, face to face and not through the media or blowing something up".

The Ferrari driver finished half a second ahead of both Bottas and Hamilton at a track where, until yesterday, you had to go back to 2011 for the last time a non-Mercedes auto occupied the front slot on the grid.

Race leader Valletri Bottas, in the Mercedes, and championship leader Sebastian Vettel had just passed the pitlane when the safety vehicle came out and were forced to go to the end on their sets of soft tyres.

The Red Bull driver took fifth after being handed a 10-second penalty and, while measured in his response, Vettel was keen to remind Verstappen, 20, that he was no longer a rookie.

"He's not young anymore". But this can happen when you have done 300 races. "Inside the vehicle judgements are very hard to make", Vettel told Sky F1. Inside the vehicle you mustn't forget that the judgements are very hard to make. "We were both lucky". "I was expecting him to come earlier", Vettel said. "We were half a second behind them in qualifying, which is why I boxed on my final lap because I knew I couldn't match their pace".

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"I tried to brake late in the corner, and locked the rears a bit and hit him". I didn't want to compromise my race to the guys behind.

But the race took a second dramatic twist when the safety auto was deployed following a coming-together between the Toro Rosso pair of Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly on lap 31.

Despite another high-profile collision, Verstappen maintains he does not need to change his approach.

"I need to learn from what happened today".

"It's just very unfortunate, those things happening". At the moment, it is not going the way I like. "To have that much of a gap (over Mercedes), it is a surprise". "I had no pace so was just trying to hold on for whatever I had".

"It could have been worse, Max did me a favour today in terms of the points standings, but it's a weekend to forget, that's for sure".

"He messed up, took out the world championship leader, his team-mate won it in an incredible way".

"In Bahrain he learned a lesson because Lewis doesn't let anyone do that, and Max's vehicle was destroyed afterwards".

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