Lewis Hamilton says that both Ferrari and Red Bull appear strong in China, as the Shanghai International Circuit hosts the third round of the season. After Friday practice, it appeared that the trio of teams was closely separated, with Hamilton edging out the competition on the timesheets.
However, in the second free practice sessions, the Briton's fastest lap was only seven-thousandths of a second ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. With the Maranello outfit taking two wins from two so far in 2018, Hamilton is expecting another close fight.
"When I got to Shanghai the weather was really good, but it's gone downhill - now we got the rain and it's cold. But it has been a good day, we got through all the laps that we needed and got some good feedback about the car.
"All the tyres here are quite similar in pace, so there's not a big difference between them even though we have the double step between the soft and the ultra soft. The balance of the car is good but we have some fine-tuning to do on it tonight.
"Ferrari was quick and Red Bull looked really fast on the long run. It's good to see all the times so close, but it means that we really need to bring our A game. We need everyone in the team to be on it throughout the weekend because it is a joint effort."