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F1, Chinese Grand Prix 2019, Daniel Ricciardo, Lewis Hamilton, Charles Leclerc: Five things we learned

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Daniel Ricciardo finally found his feet at Renault in China, but there’s still reason for the Australian to be cautious moving forward.

Meanwhile, Charles Leclerc continues to pose in the Ferrari garage an awkward situation, for which there is no end in sight.

Here are five things we learned from the Chinese Grand Prix.

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F1 news 2019: Malaysian Grand Prix return, 2022, Sepang International Circuit, V8 Supercars foreign race, latest

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Formula One could return to Malaysia at the Sepang International Circuit as early as 2022, with the prospect of Supercars joining them as a support category not ruled out.

The Malaysian Grand Prix was scrapped from the F1 calendar for 2018, with the 2017 edition being the last of Sepang’s contract before they decided to stop hosting it.

Sepang had been a fixture on the calendar since 1999 but decided to focus their investment elsewhere, whilst still retaining their most popular event, the Malaysian MotoGP, which has been staged there since 1991 and garnered more than 100,000 spectators in 2018.

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F1 news, Chinese Grand Prix 2019: Mercedes, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas, double stack, video, watch, timing

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Mercedes dominated the weekend of the Chinese Grand Prix and took their third one-two of the season to strengthen their position at the top of the championship and put further pressure on Ferrari to keep up.

Valtteri Bottas was on pole as he and Lewis Hamilton locked out the front row but they quickly switched places going into the first corner in Shanghai.

From there on out, as Ferrari battled with team orders behind them, which only served to allow Max Verstappen’s Red Bull to get involved in the battle, the Mercedes duo were in clear air.

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F1 news, Chinese Grand Prix 2019: Daniel Ricciardo, Ferrari, Renault, Red Bull, Charles Leclerc, Martin Brundle column

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Ferrari simply didn’t have the pace to challenge Mercedes at the Chinese GP, whether they attacked, defended, swapped or blocked. And with Red Bull not fulfilling all of their potential at the moment this created a rather ordinary race upfront.

As the famous five red lights extinguished Lewis Hamilton’s first job in the GP, from second on the grid, was to balance the throttle pedal and clutch lever for the best launch with minimal wheelspin. He did this to great effect and the race was effectively his in the first few hundred meters.

Valtteri Bottas, from pole position, had some wheelspin as he crossed a white painted line in front of his grind slot and was probably lucky to remain in second by the exit of the T1/2/3/4 complex.

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