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Motorsport-Magazin revealed the first onboard video footage of the 5.56-km circuit which is a combination of street and classic circuit.

Reportedly, drivers and teams can expect to find a whole series of fresh challenges at Hanoi’s street circuit next year with 22 turns, the third-longest passage on the calendar taken at full-throttle (1.5 km), a top speed of around 335 km/h and an estimated lap time of 1:36.2 minutes.

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Toto Wolff has laughed of suggestions that he has been keeping close tabs on Max Verstappen with an eye on bringing the Dutchman to Mercedes in the future. Red Bull advisor Dr Helmut Marko recently claimed that Wolff was “repeatedly” calling his driver and father Jos Verstappen.

Verstappen Jnr and Sr were quick to dismiss any notion of negotiations with Wolff, although it was confirmed that Jos and the Mercedes team principal regularly spoke as friends.

Completing the trio of denials at the Chinese Grand Prix was Wolff, who like Max, said he did not even have the means to call the Dutchman if he wanted to.

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Fourth place in the Chinese Grand Prix is more than Max Verstappen expected, but the Red Bull driver laments the lack of race pace in the RB15 package which he is hoping improves as the season progresses.

Expectations were high in Australia when the Dutchman nabbed a podium but since then the true pecking order has emerged and with the Honda ‘party mode’ fully dialled-up in qualifying was half a second down on Valtteri Bottas’ pole-position winning time.

A day later in the race, the deficit was pretty much the same as the #33 Red Bull crossed the 56 lap race 27 seconds down on race winner Lewis Hamilton, again about half a second shy of the benchmark pace.

Reflecting on his performance in Shanghai, Verstappen wrote on his website, “We did have another good result points-wise, but during the race, there was not much action. To say frustrating is a bit extreme, but at this moment we lack race pace so then you need to make sure that you extract as many points as possible.”

“The season is still long and we have to hope that, at a certain point, when the upgrades come, we will be able to slot right back in.”

Last year Verstappen clattered into the Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel …

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Alfa Romeo chief Beat Zehnder has described Kimi Raikkonen as a “pleasure” to work with since his return to the team where he started his career after being replaced at Ferrari. Zehnder is also proud that the Finn is currently leading the ‘B-League’ in the driver’s championship.

The pair worked together when Raikkonen made his F1 debut for Sauber in 2001, and he has now returned to the same Hinwil based team for 2019.

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For most Formula 1 fans, Lewis Hamilton’s 75th Formula 1 victory at the sport’s 1000th race looked like a breeze, but not so according to the five-time World Champion who even had to change his driving style to tame his all-conquering Mercedes.

And while the Silver Arrows have scored a one-two in the first three races, Hamilton does not believe they are the dominant team at the moment.

Speaking after winning the Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday, Hamilton said, “Through the weekend, the car’s really not liked how I drive at this track. I was always really quick here and my aggressive driving style worked really well, and then I used that in the last two years and the tyres would not allow it and the car would not allow it and I seemed to have lost a lot of performance.”

“I really had to be quite dynamic to change my natural driving style, shift it to a different way. I only really got there at the end of qualifying, and then in the race….

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Lewis Hamilton may have taken the 1000th championship race in Formula 1 history, but all eyes were once again on Ferrari after a dismal showing in Shanghai.

Say what you will about Ferrari so far this season, credit where it’s due: they really know how to hog the headlines.

Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes were utterly dominant on Sunday, and yet the biggest story by far is the hullabaloo surrounding Ferrari’s ill-fated decision to swap Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel.

Maybe the Scuderia have been misinformed that this year’s championships will be decided not on amount of points, but column inches. More likely though, this was the case of a team that once again found itself slightly wide of the mark, and in so doing has further opened itself to external scrutiny and internal discontent.

At least in a vacuum, the swap itself can’t be considered that controversial – all F1 teams (and Ferrari in particular) will swap cars when the occasion calls for it – but this being Ferrari, and it backfiring so considerably has only served to highlight both their ongoing struggles with consistent pace and driver politics.

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