"I think we should be alright here in China" — Sebastian Vettel

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Following their collision at last weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix, Lewis Hamilton said it was important to shake hands with Red Bull driver Max Verstappen ahead of this weekend's race as a show of respect.

Looking ahead to the race weekend, Hamilton predicted another tight fight between Mercedes and Ferrari, underlining the Scuderia's cars likely advantage on Shanghai's straights.

"I think some of the systems we have can be a bit tricky". Dutchman Max Verstappen notably climbed from 16th on the grid to grab third place last year, and may fancy his chances of snatching a win if it rains on Sunday.

In need of a win?

The perception Valtteri Bottas is second-grade has led to several drivers coming forward to say they'd have pushed Sebastian Vettel harder in Bahrain, not least Daniel Ricciardo, who would love his job. Hamilton went on to finish third, but after the race claimed that Verstappen had lacked respect with his attempted maneuver. You go to a NASCAR race and there's punch-ups.

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With the inexperienced pairing of Lance Stroll and Sergey Sirotkin, no one was expecting miracles, but even the most senior heads at Williams will be perplexed with such an uninspiring start to 2018.

Conditions are set to be a lot colder compared to the likes of Australia and Bahrain, where Ferrari and Vettel won at the circuits, and the four-time World Champion is cautious predicting that the weather will play into Mercedes' hands again.

Verstappen has taken Formula One by storm since making his debut as a 17-year-old with the Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso team in 2015. The competition closes this Friday 13 March at 10am.

Hamilton captured his first Chinese Grand Prix win in 2008, finishing 15 seconds better than championship rival Felipe Massa. "It's in the past".

"Ferrari are really performing well - and both Kimi [Raikkonen] and Sebastian are performing really well - so l think it's a tougher season than last year".

"You know, that's racing", said Verstappen comparing his move to a similar one he pulled off in Mexico last year on the way to victory. I believe that if we have the right balance, then we should be competitive, I just don't know how much yet.

"I generally do my talking on the track, but after this incident I didn't", Hamilton said.

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