Chinese Grand Prix 2017: Predict the podium - Who will come out on top in Shanghai this weekend?

Natasha Henry
Could this man end the weekend on top in China? - Rex Features

This week Formula 1 moves on to Shanghai for the Chinese Grand Prix , with awful weather and a postponed practice session making it especially hard to know who will take advantage. 

Historically this is a track that Lewis Hamilton and Mercedes love, although the Briton wasn’t happy when he finished 7th last year. Nevertheless, his seven podiums and four wins in 10 races here is a hard statistic to ignore.

Sebastian Vettel will be searching for his second win of the season after surprising many to top the podium in Australia. If he can grab pole

he will probably fancy his chances of another victory with eight of the last 13 winners here coming from the front. 

The chances of rain seem to be increasing, with mist and low cloud enveloping the circuit on Friday. That long back straight - the longest in the F1 calendar - leading into turn 14 makes me think this could be a good race for the younger drivers. 

Felipe Massa relaxes during the cancelled practice session at the chines Grand Prix Credit: Getty Images

We know that teenager Max Verstappen has no time for reputations and will take any opportunity to add to his solitary win which came in the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.

We saw his confidence in his abilities during the Brazilian Grand Prix last year when he came from 16th with 15 laps remaining to finish third. 

With that said, you can't write off the potential danger from the middle of the pack as Daniel Ricciardo looks to kick-start his season after disappointment in his home race. There are also the Force Indias, pretty in pink, who will be looking to add to their seven points from Melbourne.

Sebastian Vettel waves to fans following the cancelled practice session at the Chinese Grand Prix Credit: AFP

Last week I managed two out of three on the podium, although not in the right order. It’s time to see if you can do any better. 

Get involved and we may have some prizes for those with the best predicting records as the season goes along.

Natasha's Australian GP podium prediction:

1. Max Verstappen

2. Lewis Hamilton

3. Sebastian Vettel

Now it's your turn. Who do you think will be on the podium on Sunday afternoon? Leave your predicted top three in the comments section below.

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