The start of a new series here at Rach F1 where we do a quick review of the previous race and look ahead to the next round. This will take place in between two races. Without further ado, let's get to it.
The Australian Grand Prix Review:
Firstly, F1 2017 is here and with a bang, - literally in some cases. Finally, we've got what we all wanted - a car to challenge the mighty Mercedes. Sure, it's early days and we've got a long season ahead, but at least it's a start. it's in fact the first time a non-Mercedes driver has led the standings since Sebastian Vettel won the title in 2013.
Red Bull, however, look less solid. Clearly the third best car in the opener, combined with Ricciardo's torrid luck, has left the once giants of F1 facing a season of potential mediocrity. By contrast Toro Rosso appear as close to the big bosses as ever and with the same engine supplier Renault too could spring a shock if Red Bull cannot find some form soon..
Finally in terms of drivers, Kevin Magnussen struggled for Haas with the highly-criticised Brembo brakes. Lance Stroll and Jolyon Palmer likewise were considerably behind their team mates. Kimi Raikkonen appeared anonymous and off colour while Antonio Giovinazzi shined brighter than most imagined and has recently been confirmed for China with Wehrlein still injured.
Looking Forward - China:
As just mentioned Giovinazzi will once more partner Marcus Ericsson for Sauber, the Ferrari junior likely to overshadow the Swede, while aiming to claim a few big scalps and gain some more respect from his critics and the media.
Up front, Raikkonen will want to be back on top form after a very unspectacular opening round. His input will be crucial in challenging Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas as well as Vettel for both championships. If Ferrari stay true to form and curtail in the second half of the year he will want to get his first race win since Australia 2013 before it's too late.
Will Massa build on P6 to challenge the Red Bulls by taking advantage of China's long back straight?
Can Ferrari back up their early form with another challenge for victory?
Can Finnish drivers Bottas and Raikkonen overhaul their talented team mates before number 1 status is decided?
Finally, will another race of attrition see some shocks, spills and surprises or will it be another race of form?
Finally the predictions:
Pole Position - Lewis Hamilton
Race Win - Valtteri Bottas
Podium - Bottas, Hamilton, Raikkonen
Driver of the Day - Max Verstappen
Fastest Pit Stop - Williams
First Crash - Lance Stroll
This series relies on your contribution and input, so please put your predictions and answers to our key questions below before race day.
by Matthew Gannon