Vettel leads the Championship but Max Verstappen takes the headlines: F1 2018 Bahrain and China double bill review

After the season opener in Australia, the night of Bahrain hosted the second round of the 2018 F1 World Championship and it certainly threw up an intriguing and exciting race. But if Bahrain, served up an exciting race, it was nothing compared to the Chinese Grand Prix the following weekend.

In Bahrain, Red Bull threatened to make it a three-way battle for ole position and the win but their place in the day FP1 session did not cross over into the night of Qualifying as Verstappen spun at turn 2 in Q1 while Ricciardo qualified 5th. Mercedes struggled in Qualifying so it was Sebastian Vettel who took pole position in Bahrain. read more

Lewis Hamilton takes surprise win while Vettel crashes out: 2017 Singapore Grand Prix Review

It is almost like the beginning of the end of the season when the Singapore Grand Prix comes around. It is the first of the final seven flyaway races of the season and always throws up big moments which are occasionally season-defining moments. There were driver lineup announcements for next year with Carlos Sainz joining Renault next year ‘on loan’ as well as the announcement that McLaren’s relationship with Honda will end at the end of the season. They will be powered by Renault in 2018 while Toro Rosso will have Honda power.

At the Marina Street Circuit, Red Bull were the early pace-setters with Daniel Ricciardo or Max Verstappen on top of the timesheets. They had anticipated having a strong weekend in Singapore while Mercedes were expecting a weekend of struggle. That was until, from nowhere, Sebastian Vettel set a stomping new track record to take pole position for the fourth time this season. It put Vettel in prime position to capitalise on the Mercedes weakness in Singapore to retake the Championship lead and build a gap to Hamilton who qualified 5th. read more