F1: A Monaco marvel and Chinese ambition: Five things for Shanghai GP

F1: A Monaco marvel and Chinese ambition: Five things for Shanghai GP

F1: A Monaco marvel and Chinese ambition: Five things for Shanghai GP

A day of testing on the Wednesday after the Bahrain Grand Prix helped him get his head around the problems he has faced in the cockpit of his Ferrari this year, and he is hopeful those lessons will help provide some of the answers he needs this weekend in China.

"At the moment it's clearly not just me and Sebastian [Vettel]", he said.

"I wasn't happy with my performance, not happy with the feeling yet with the vehicle, the feeling I had in testing and so on".

McLaren secured their first points of the season two weeks ago in the Bahrain Grand Prix when Lando Norris finished an excellent sixth despite pressure from behind from Alfa Romeo Racing's Kimi Räikkönen, although team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr. suffered a second consecutive retirement despite running as high as sixth in the early laps as he fought with Red Bull Racing's Max Verstappen.

Ahead of a race he has won a record five times, Hamilton revealed a special baseball cap for the weekend taking inspiration from the main colour on the Chinese flag.

In theory, there is at least 0.5secs between the tyre compounds, so for Vettel to be 0.2secs quicker than Hamilton despite using a one grade harder tyre appears to bode well for Ferrari.

"I think overall in Bahrain he had some balance issues and I was a lot more happy with the balance", Leclerc said.

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"I hope the vehicle will be as good as it was in Bahrain, so that I can continue to go for the results we deserve", said the 21-year-old Monegasque.

Pre-season favourites Ferrari were surprisingly off the pace at Melbourne's Albert Park. "I think we've got a really good package as well, but they've definitely stepped up this year". So hopefully I have a better feeling in the auto this weekend.

"There are always times where you happen to just not get the right vehicle set-up", he added. It feels like it's been a long time already. Bahrain I think the conditions were tricky and everyone was struggling with the wind and so on.

Told of Hamilton's comments today, Vettel responded: "Maybe he's the only one that doesn't have a short-term memory".

"The normal approach is not like you change the way you drive or fundamental things overnight. But I expect it to be very close".

"Two races into the 2019 season, it may seem like we're in a strong position", said Wolff. "But I also know and understand that people's judgement don't go further than a week, forwards or backwards, so it [the criticism] is a part of life".

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