Hamilton treating F1's 1,000th race like any other

The Battle With Ferrari

The 29-year-old Finn, determined not to be seen as a "wingman" to five-time world champion team-mate Lewis Hamilton, won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix with an uncharacteristically gritty drive.

Red Bull will be on the lookout for any opportunity to repeat last year's success on the 10th anniversary of that first win. After securing race wins in the opening pair of Global Positioning System in Australia and Bahrain the Silver Arrows have once again locked out the front row of the grid.

But despite a positive day for the team that saw them mix it with the potent Ferraris, Verstappen admitted that there was still more work to be done by Red Bull and their Honda power unit providers if they wanted to fight consistently at the front of the field this season.

To mark the 1,000th race, several drivers have changed their helmet designs.

Certainly as a team, we need to give the priority to the team and try to maximize the team's points at the end of the race.

Wind your way back down memory lane as F1 reaches 1000 not out.

As he prepared for his last shot at improving his grid position, the Dutchman was passed by Sebastian Vettel, Daniel Ricciardo and Nico Hulkenberg.

After the first two races of 2019, Leclerc leads Vettel in the standings by four points.

Charles Leclerc says he is unconcerned by a lack of long run data after another reliability issue compromised his Chinese Grand Prix build-up. "I could also have overtaken him but it's just not what you do in qualifying".

"It's no different to any other race for me, I'm here to do one job, and one job only, and that's winning".

As Britain's auto industry thrived during the latter 20 century added with the world's leading engineers, this was reflected on the grid as Tyrell, Lotus, Williams and McLaren took centre stage, to showpiece some of the most enthralling cars and title wins the sport has seen.

But it was Bottas, cutting a hungrier, more ruthless, figure who won ahead of Hamilton in Australia, despite Ferrari having gone into the weekend as preseason favourites. It briefly looked like the pair could come to blows during the move, with Verstappen forced to put two wheels on the grass as Vettel squeezed him on exit.

"It's great to be able to celebrate here in Shanghai because Shanghai is in many ways one of the most exciting parts of the future", Carey said. "I think tomorrow, as normal, medium's going to the better tyre after a few laps as usual, but that's something we will find out tomorrow".

Max Verstappen lifted his Red Bull into fourth with their upgrades.

Asked also whether Leclerc was giving Ferrari a headache with his pace, Binotto said that was "a luxury that you're happy to have".

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