Lewis Hamilton more determined than ever to win F1 title this season

I wish we could race a lot closer in the cars that we have today, but still I think the fact that pace-wise we are similar, it's going to be a very, very hard slog this season.

Hamilton will get a quick chance to turn the tables on Vettel when the teams meet again in China. This allowed Vettel to take the number one spot, and the Ferrari driver never looked back.

"In Australia, there is a lot of Italian support and to have the team not challenging, let alone winning, would have been a huge disappointment for Ferrari and Ferrari fans around the world, so it's the best possible start for them really".

Following Nico Rosberg's retirement at the end of the 2016 Formula One season, Lewis Hamilton was tipped to be the favourite to win the world championship this year. Vettel's victory was the first for Ferrari since 2015, and highlighted improvements the Scuderia's made ahead of 2017, both in terms of performance and strategy. And now finally at a period of time when we can actually have a real race. The race will be on April 9 and will be held at the Shanghai International Circuit. Hamilton is relishing the prospect of the two dominant drivers of the last decade, with seven world championships between them, going head to head for the title. Significantly, it seems the improved Ferrari engine now matches the power of the Mercedes.

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"Right now it looks like we have equal machinery". But as Sebastian said, racing the best is what Formula 1 is all about. He saw no reason to change his mind after Melbourne, saying that the increased turbulence from the vehicle in front makes overtaking more hard. Vettel had a 10-second lead on Hamilton when he won the 2017 Australian Grand Prix and despite Ferrari proving to be the faster vehicle so far, Hamilton said that he is hungrier than ever to reclaim his Formula One title. Only Britain's Jenson Button, in 2009, and Germany's Rosberg last season interrupted their success.

Bottas lost ground to Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel when he struggled for grip in he early part of the race, but in the second half of the race he closed in on his teammate.

But they have yet to race each other as main contenders for the crown, Red Bull and Ferrari waning as Mercedes entered an era of engine domination just as McLaren had faded away previously.

It all points to a thrilling season ahead.

  • Darren Santiago