2008 Chinese Grand Prix predictions

Will Lewis Hamilton avenge his Chinese GP nightmare by winning this year?

Will Lewis Hamilton avenge his Chinese GP nightmare by winning this year?

Shanghai has been a Ferrari stronghold since it arrived on the F1 calendar four years ago.

With fairly cool but dry weather expected this weekend and Bridgestone bringing their harder compound tyres, I think we’ll see McLaren score their first win in China this weekend.

We’ve seen several times this year how tyre compounds and temperatures can have a profound influence on car and driver performance.

This weekend the track conditions and compounds seem to point towards McLaren having the upper hand: especially the fact Bridgestone are bringing their two hardest compounds of tyres.

We all remember Lewis Hamilton’s disastrous end to last year’s Chinese Grand Prix – but don’t forget how strongly he started the weekend. He put his McLaren on pole position and led comfortably at the start.

Ferrari, as ever, will be very close. But I’m getting an impression that Kimi Raikkonen has become the quicker of the two drivers once again. In a recent interview he said that at Spa he had gone back to an earlier setup configuration and it had improved his pace.

He was quicker than Massa at Spa (but crashed) and was very quick late in the race at Monza. At Singapore he was reeling in Massa and Hamilton when the safety car came out, then at Fuji he out-qualified Massa for the first time since the British Grand Prix.

Does Raikkonen now have the upper hand at Ferrari? If so, can Ferrari use him to get Massa ahead of Hamilton? Even if not, I’m sure come the end of the race they’ll have moved Raikkonen aside to elevate Massa:

1. Lewis Hamilton
2. Felipe Massa
3. Kimi Raikkonen

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What do you think will be the top three for the Chinese Grand Prix? Make your podium predictions below…

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  1. Dorian said on 17th October 2008, 13:12

    Head says:

    1. Hamilton
    2. Raikkonen
    3. Massa

    Heart wants:

    1. Massa
    2. Kubica
    3. Raikkonen

  2. 1. Massa
    2. Raikkonen
    3. Hamilton

  3. Adrian said on 17th October 2008, 13:21

    I predict that either Hamilton or Massa will finish out of the points…

  4. Hamilton
    Kubica
    Alonso

  5. Skova said on 17th October 2008, 13:25

    when i predict it’s only bad luck so i’ll skip prediction’s

  6. 1. Raikkonen
    2. Kovalainen
    3. Alonso

    with Massa and Hamilton as DNFs or out of the points.

  7. kavana said on 17th October 2008, 13:35

    1. Ham
    2. Rai
    3. Kov

  8. 1 Hamilton (Every time he has been largely criticised, the following race has been perfect for him)

    2,3,4,5 Kimi, Felipe, Kubica, Alonso in whatever order you can choose, but It doesn’t really matters.

  9. Filipe said on 17th October 2008, 13:47

    1. Raikonnen
    2. Kubica
    3. Alonso

  10. shery said on 17th October 2008, 13:51

    alonso
    massa
    kimi

  11. schumi the greatest said on 17th October 2008, 13:53

    i think hamilton will win this one, hes dominated in practice so far and he usually puts in a great drive after a load of criticism e.g. silverstone after mangy cours etc.

    Having seen the videos of practice on itv.com he’s flying the back end sliding out all over the place but stil setting faster times.

    i think ferrari will be a bit stronger than practice 2 would suggest but i think hamilton will take pole and if he gets a good start i dont think anyone will get near him this weekend, thats when hes at his best.

    cant see kovaleinen helping much, hes been utter crap this year, so my prediciton is:

    hamilton
    massa
    alonso

  12. mattclinch said on 17th October 2008, 13:53

    1. Hamilton
    2. Raikkonen (finding form now he has nothing to lose)
    3. Alonso

  13. I think there’s a good chance that neither Lewis or Massa are going to win either of the last 2 races – they’re just not consistent enough. Tho one of them will win the championship.

    That would mean that the champion hadn’t won a race for the last 5 races – does anyone know if that’s happened before in recent memory? Seems a bit lame to me.

  14. John H said on 17th October 2008, 14:07

    Wet weather chaos

    Piquet to win and give Flavio a serious headache!
    very very long shot, but stranger things have happened this season so I’ll put it out there $:)

    (weather link)

  15. A sweet taste of irony:

    1. LEWIS
    2. ALONSO
    3. MASSA

    I´m with “THE SHOE GREAT EVER”. Lewis always has done a great job after a big wave of criticism. The hard compounds and the climate will suit his car anyway and I´m expecting some help from Alonso to Lewis increase his points advantage.

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