Chinese Grand Prix 2017: What time does it start, what TV channel is it on and will Lewis Hamilton win?

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Hamilton topped the time sheets in qualifying - but can he convert it? - Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.
Hamilton topped the time sheets in qualifying - but can he convert it? - Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.

What is it?

It's the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix.

When is it?

It's on Sunday April 9.

What time does it start?

This race is bright and early - lights out is scheduled for 7am British Summer Time.

What TV channel is it on?

You can only watch this year's race on Sky Sports F1. Alternatively, you can follow live updates right here with Natasha Henry.

Who fired and who flopped at the Australian Grand Prix?

What happened in qualifying?

Hamilton captured his sixth pole position at the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday, edging Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari by less than two-tenths of a second.

For the second race in a row, Hamilton also shattered a track record. His time of 1 minute, 31.678 seconds broke the 13-year-old mark held by Michael Schumacher at the Shanghai International Circuit by more than half a second. He also posted the fastest-ever lap at the Albert Park circuit in qualifying at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix last month.

Still, Hamilton doesn't necessarily think he's the odds-on favorite in Sunday's race, given the pace his rivals in the scarlet cars have shown.

<span>The front three for the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix</span> <span>Credit: Getty Images </span>
The front three for the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix Credit: Getty Images

"The Ferraris have looked so fast," Hamilton said. "It's super exciting for me because we're really fighting these guys, having to raise the bar every time we go out."

Hamilton also started from pole position at the Australian GP, but Vettel beat him on race day when Hamilton pitted early and got stuck in traffic and couldn't catch up.

It was Vettel's first victory in more than a year and established Ferrari as a true competitor to the long-dominant silver cars. Vettel is now keen to make it two-for-two in race wins to start the season.

How does the world championship look?

What's the latest weather forecast?

It's going to rain, heavily. Which will make the race interesting.

What are they saying?

Lewis Hamilton:

"It is more exciting than ever for me because we are really fighting with these guys," said a beaming Hamilton after posting the fastest lap ever recorded at the Shanghai International Circuit.

"It is amazing and that is what racing is all about, and it really pushes you to raise the bar every time you go out, which I love.

"Tomorrow is going to be an unusual day. I heard it is wet to start off and I have not driven the new wet tyre this season.

"It will be a new lesson but it is going to be close, and that bodes well for one of the most exciting days to come for a long time."

Sebastian Vettel:

"I think our car is strong no matter what," Vettel said. "I still think we can improve."

What are the odds?

  • Lewis Hamilton - 4/5

  • Sebastian Vettel - 15/8

  • Valtteri Bottas - 13/1

  • Kimi Raikkonnen - 17/1

What's our prediction?

Lewis Hamilton to win from pole.


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