Race Preview: Chinese Grand Prix

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Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari turned heads winning the opening race of the season in Melbourne two weeks ago, but the big question is whether they can do it again all over again in China this weekend.

Ferrari's Dream Start

Winning the Australian Grand Prix was exactly what Ferrari and Vettel needed.

2016 was annus horribilis for the fabled Italian team, who failed to win a single race and often made the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

Vettel's win at Albert Park was his first win for Ferrari since the 2015 Singapore Grand Prix, and has given fans hope that another team will finally be able to challenge Mercedes.

It was a great result, but the Australian Grand Prix was far from the perfect race for Ferrari.

Vettel's teammate Kimi Räikkönen lacked pace all afternoon, and finished in a disppointing P4.

While Vettel stole all the headlines, Räikkönen complained that his poor result was due to lack of grip which caused his car to understeer.

2016

Last year this race was dominated by Nico Rosberg, who was first across the finish line more than thirty seconds ahead of Vettel.

Lewis Hamilton will be hoping for a better result this weekend after starting the 2016 race at the back of the grid.

It may have been Rosberg's day, but Hamilton persisted and bravely fought his way through the field to finish the race in seventh place.

The race, however, will be remembered for Vettel crashing into teammate Räikkönen at the start, and his post race argument with Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat.

THIS YEAR

With a record number of more than 180 passes in 2016 this promises to be an exciting race.

Hamilton and Mercedes will be motivated to win after the wake up call in Australia, and Ferrari will look to build on the momentum of Vettel's win.

Additionally, Ferrari will need a better performance from Räikkönen to score points to beat Mercedes in the race for the Constructors Championship.

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