Chinese Grand Prix Betting: Hamilton's happy hunting ground

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The Ferrari driver left the last round under a cloud after he was beaten by his team-mate Charles Leclerc.

"I'm just focusing on trying to figure out what the hell is going on with my auto", the Formula One website quoted him as saying.

Hosting seven races in its inaugural season, Silverstone held the honour of hosting the first in May 1950 as Farina drove out victorious for Alfa Romeo, in both the British Grand Prix and the championship.

Four-time champion teammate Sebastian Vettel, who spun and was outpaced by Leclerc two weeks ago, will also be fired up to reestablish his number one status and close the points gap to Mercedes.

"I'm not one for birthdays, I'm not one for anniversaries, I'm not one for special days like this", said Hamilton, who is a point behind his Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas at the top of the early drivers' standings.

The 21-year-old Dutchman was unable to set a final lap after he failed to cross the line in sufficient time.

After being urged to speed up by his race engineer Gianpiero Lambiase, Aston Martin Red Bull Racing driver Verstappen yelled: "They are such w******, honestly".

The third round of the 2019 Formula One season marks a momentous occasion for the sport, as this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix will be the 1,000 race in F1 history.

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It seems absurd for a four-time world champion to have to defend his ability and temperament, but the German is having to do just that after a series of unforced errors stretching back to last season.

Leclerc dominated the Bahrain Grand Prix weekend but his Ferrari SF90 lost a cylinder during the closing stages, which was eventually traced to a never-before-seen short circuit within an injection system control unit.

The sport has often had a problem with anniversaries, with statisticians quibbling over how many starts teams and drivers have made, according to different definitions, and this one is no exception.

Ferrari arrived in China as favourites after looking dominant in Bahrain, a race they would have won but for a late engine problem that hit Charles Leclerc's auto while leading, and with plenty of straight line speed.

'It's a different season, the competitiveness between the teams is different from past year. Charles Leclerc deserved a win in the Bahrain Grand Prix - he would have been a successful 5/1 tip from this very column - and the disappointment in his voice was heart-breaking to hear.

"Ferrari still seem to be quicker than us on the straights, whereas we were better in most corners in FP2", explained Bottas, who now leads the drivers' championship. Qualifying took place on Saturday April 13 and the race is on Sunday April 14.

Max Verstappen lifted his Red Bull into fourth with their upgrades.