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April 12, 2017 @ 7:20 am

China 2017

The Pitpass team is back to discuss the Chinese Grand Prix, picking apart the key moments from the weekend.

From the weather to Fernando Alonso and simplified front wings, Chris Balfe, Max Noble and Mat Coch once again cover a huge amount of ground as the reflect on the second round of the 2017 Formula 1 world championship.

The weekend in Shanghai provided a number of talking points, and perhaps just the merest of glimpses at the order after an Australian Grand Prix that gave little away. The weather conditions in China meant the weekend was difficult to read, but there were some important lessons the team picked out.

Among them was the fate of Formula 1 in the region, with Malaysia having announced the 2017 race will be its last Grand Prix. With talk that Singapore could follow suit and the demise of Korea in recent years, there are precious few events left in a region where a small following translates into a huge amount of support.

It's a notion which is in short supply, with Sergio Marchionne suggesting Kimi Raikkonen needs a kick in the pants following a weekend where he didn't get on the podium. It's a rich statement given Ferrari dropped the ball strategically, and gets the Pitpass crew wondering if the Italian meant what he said, or whether they were comments designed to apply pressure to the Finn - and let's not forget, the team's last world champion.

That could all change this year, and a competitive showing from Sebastian Vettel wasn't missed, nor was the fact he is joint championship leader with Lewis Hamilton, while Ferrari is only a point adrift at the top of the standings. Yes, it's an optimistic bunch that gathered in the wake of the Chinese Grand Prix, and while all may not yet have been forgiven after Australia, there are enough positive signs to keep the guys enthused.

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