Verstappen: I had to settle for fourth

Verstappen: I had to settle for fourth

Verstappen: I had to settle for fourth

With the Spaniard unable to then add to his tally, teams such as Red Bull and Mercedes became the new McLaren and Williams, added with Sebastian Vettel and Lewis Hamilton.

Vettel finished fifth and was comfortably eclipsed by Leclerc, who is a decade younger. "I'm just trying to be nice, but everyone is f-- it up".

The fact is that some of the 999 championship races thus far have been questionable Grands Prix and several past race winners never even drove a Formula One auto.

Yet Vukovich never drove a Formula One auto even if his F1 record stands at a remarkable two wins, one pole position, three fastest laps and 19 points from five races-all of them in Indiana.

Lewis Hamilton admits he has work to do with his Mercedes auto after a tough second practice session in Shanghai, although Valtteri Bottas was in impressive form once again. "The lap time benefit might even be more than in Bahrain".

They are by no means a certainty to challenge at the front, but if the race does become fragmented, they are in a good position to pounce and a 13/1 shot for Red Bull to provide the victor looks like a valuable punt - and a clever hedge against Hamilton's chances.

"It's so annoying as we could have fought for third", he said.

"He won four championships (with Red Bull) and certainly for us he's the driver who has most probability to challenge for the title".

The four-time world champion also attracted attention on social media during the session for telling his Ferrari mechanics to cool down the brakes of Toro Rosso's Alexander Albon, whose brakes were on fire at the FIA weighbridge. He also vowed to gain revenge the next time he qualifies for a race.

Round three of the 2019 Formula 1 World Championship is the Chinese Grand Prix, which is on this end of the week at the Shanghai International Circuit.

Leclerc's performance in Bahrain raised questions about Ferrari's policy of favouring Vettel in marginal calls at the start of the season. "But overall it's very close between the top cars". He has been the first one to point out the pitfalls in the Chinese Grand Prix and its location, but he has been remorseless once the lights go green.

"Ferrari still seem to be quicker than us on the straights, whereas we were better in most corners in FP2", explained Bottas, who now leads the drivers' championship.

Admitting "they obviously have a great package", the Briton added: "You could say (they have) a stronger package than a year ago". "You saw last weekend that we don't stand on each other's feet when one auto is faster than the other".

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

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