Lewis Hamilton sounded a warning ahead of the 1,000th grand prix on Sunday, saying he was focused only on victory, adding: "I'm not one for special days like this". Its origins can be traced back to Grand Prix motor racing in the 1920s and 1930s.
What time does it start?
"If they are able to maintain those power levels.on a power sensitive circuit like Shanghai, they are the favorites, clearly", said Mercedes team boss Toto Wolff. I'm still struggling with the vehicle so there's some work to do.
"I'm not happy about it but it will swing around and it will come back to others as well".
"I think he did a great race, he did a great qualifying a great race, but more than that, I think he has been fantastic on the post-race comments, showing that he's really a mature driver", Binotto said.
When and where is the race?
Bottas, who is championship leader, recorded 1 minute 31.547 seconds around the 5.451-kilometre Shanghai International Circuit on Saturday for his first pole of the season and seventh overall.
The race begins at 7.10am BST on Sunday.
Moreover, Bottas will fall to the pressure of Ferrari's undercut and under heavy track temperatures will most likely suffer a blip in speed and traction, the situation of the Finn ultimately playing well into the hands of Ferrari.
The more experienced of the two Ferrari drivers shall make a move inside the opening lap on Lewis, with the Briton (already under pressure in front of Bottas' superior pace) appearing as a somewhat easy target.
But Vettel insisted: "I feel on top of my game".
There was even an issue for Vettel right at the end of the session, as he missed a call to the weigh bridge and stopped in the pit lane, with his Ferrari team having to run up to push him back to the FIA's garage. The team have said they would favour Vettel under certain circumstances but Leclerc clearly has no intention of being sidelined.
The Finn was on course for victory in Shanghai a year ago until a virtual safety auto handed it to then-Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, who has yet to score a point this season for Renault, instead.