Lewis Hamilton wins back to back Chinese Grand Prix’s as he completes the clean sweep

Lewis Hamilton wins in China, to take Chinese Grand Prix victory ahead of Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel.

It may have been the third round of the 2015 championship, but today’s Chinese Grand Prix was the first race of the year to start with all 20 cars on the grid. By the end of the race that number had fallen to 16 after two engine blowouts, one gearbox and one brake failure. But out in front Hamilton was taking the chequered flag ahead of Rosberg under the safety car.

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Red Bull gear up Formula One quit threat

The Sport Space’s F1 writer, Kyle Archer, talks about Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz’s latest threat of pulling out from Formula One.

Dietrich Mateschitz is an Austrian businessman who co-founded the Red Bull energy drink company and has now been reiterating concerns on the competitiveness of his Formula One team. In short, if Red Bull cannot get a competitive engine they will quit Formula One.

When the 2015 season got underway last month in Australia, Red Bull found themselves further down the pecking order than they would have expected. Red Bull’s motorsport advisor Helmut Marko then issued the first threat that the team could pull out of F1. At the time, Red Bull had just one car reach the chequered flag while the other broke down before the race even began.

But it was after the race when Christian Horner called for F1 to consider taking action to equalise the performance of the current engines. The first fear that Renault had not provided them with an engine sufficient enough for their standards as four-time world champions.

Helmut Marko later came out and said that Red Bull owner, Dietrich Mateschitz, could lose interest in the sport and they would evaluate the situation again in the summer.

Marko told the Australian media after the race: “We will evaluate the situation again [in the summer] as every year and look into costs and revenues,
“If we are totally dissatisfied we could contemplate an F1 exit.
“These power units are the wrong solution for F1, and we would say this even if [Red Bull supplier] Renault were in the lead.”

Ricciardo during qualifying for the 2015 Australian GP - Credit Scott Cresswell

If Red Bull were to exit the sport, it could have serious consequences for Formula One elsewhere due to Mateschitz also owning Toro Rosso. This could be avoided however with talk over the last month of a potential Renault buy out of the team. Although a livery change for Toro Rosso is the more likely outcome as it stands.

Regardless of the Austrian firm’s threats, they have a contract with the sport’s bosses that commit them to Formula One until at least 2020. If Mateschitz does lose interest in Formula One due to the expenditure and poor race results, they would need to find someone capable of buying the team.

Toro Rosso in pre-season testing. Credit: Michael Elleray

But the contract keeping them in F1 until 2020 has not prevented Dietrich Mateschitz from coming out and publicly stating there are no guarantees he will continue his involvement in Formula One.

The Austria Press Agency has quoted Dietrich as saying: “We’ll only stay in Formula 1 if we have a competitive team, and we need a competitive power unit for that,
“If we don’t have one, we can race with the best car and the best drivers and still have no chance of competing for victory.”

Dietrich later went on to describe how the issue of the power unit is out of the teams control as they rely on Renault for their engines. As Red Bull are not a manufacturer they cannot justify investing in their own power unit programme meaning for the time being, they will need to continue depending on Renault.

Mateschitz’s claims in Austrian media come ahead of this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix and on the same day as they announce a multi-year sponsorship deal with China’s leading consumer electronics brand, Hisense.

Hisense are already involved in other sports, and motorsports, with ties to Nascar, the Australian Open tennis tournament and the Bundesliga team, Schalke 04. Now the Chinese company will have its logos appear on the nose of the Red Bull cars and Hisense products installed at the team’s facilities.

But for how long Red Bull remain in the sport is still up in the air. Yes they have a contract with the sport, but that has not stopped teams from falling away in the past or pulling out when the wins dry up. One thing Mateschitz’s threats can do is increase the pressure on Formula One to equalise the field.

Kyle Archer

The Sport Space

The Sport Space’s F1 writer, Kyle Archer, talks about Red Bull owner Dietrich Mateschitz’s latest threat of pulling out from Formula One.

Dietrich Mateschitz is an Austrian businessman who co-founded the Red Bull energy drink company and has now been reiterating concerns on the competitiveness of his Formula One team. In short, if Red Bull cannot get a competitive engine they will quit Formula One.

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Lewis Hamilton continues his Chinese Grand Prix clean sweep as Rosberg narrowly misses out on pole

Lewis Hamilton secures pole position for tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix, ahead of Nico Rosberg in a close fought qualifying battle.

Hamilton took pole by just four hundredths of a second to Rosberg, as the two Mercedes men battled it out for the first slot on the grid. Across the weekend Ferrari have been best of the rest and their man, Vettel, rounded out the top three on the qualifying timesheet.

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Hamilton completes clean sweep in practice for the Chinese Grand Prix, with Rosberg closest in FP3

Lewis Hamilton tops final free practice at the 2015 Chinese Grand Prix, ahead of Nico Rosberg and the two Ferrari’s.

Going into qualifying, Hamilton has the edge over the field after topping the final free practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix. When teams and drivers looked for their qualifying set ups, Lewis found the time to lap the Shanghai International Circuit quicker than all. But Rosberg came in second place, just two tenths of a second back in a session with another McLaren engine issue.

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Hamilton on top again at the Chinese Grand Prix after topping FP2 from Raikkonen and Ricciardo

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes top back to back practice sessions at the Chinese Grand Prix, with Ricciardo appearing in the top three.

After a short break between sessions, Mercedes were back on top in China when the teams focused on race pace in FP2. This time round, Hamilton found the time on the soft tyres and topped the session 4 tenths of a second clear of Raikkonen, while Rosberg fell back down the order and Ricciardo moved up to third.

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Chinese Grand Prix | Hamilton flying in first practice, to end Rosberg’s run in FP1

Lewis Hamilton kicked off the Chinese Grand Prix weekend with the fastest lap around the Shanghai International Circuit in FP1, ahead of Nico Rosberg.

It would have been the third FP1 session in a row Nico Rosberg had topped, after claiming P1 in the opening session for both the Australian GP and the Malaysian GP. But today’s opening practice triumph came at the hands of Hamilton, who ended the session 0.541 seconds clear of the German whilst Vettel ended the session in third.

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Chinese Grand Prix preview

It’s time for the third round of the championship, as Formula One travels to Shanghai for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Sebastian Vettel took the win last time out in Malaysia to end Mercedes’ run of wins coming at the hands of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. But can the German in the Scuderia Ferrari hold of the Silver Arrows this time around?

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