It looks very much the same as it did in 2016 in Formula One racing, as Lewis Hamilton and Team Mercedes returned to the top of the podium after surrendering to Ferrari in the opening Australian Grand Prix.
Hamilton was dominant in the Chines Grand Prix, edging Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel to secure a tie for points in the opening stages of the 2017 Formula 1 world championship.
The win was ultimately the result of a strategic error on the part of Vettel and his crew. They made a decision to pit when the race was under a Virtual Safety Car caution and the track position lost on that stop was never regained.
Team Red Bull driver, teenage sensation Max Verstappen, made up ground throughout the race, going from 16th on the starting grid to wind up in third, just ahead of his teammate, Aussie native Daniel Ricciardo.
Ricciardo had been running just behind Hamilton in the early stages before Verstappen caught him during the middle of the race, and he was closing hard in the end.
Ricciardo wound up finishing fourth, ahead of Kim Raikkonen and new Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas.
Hamilton’s dominance was on display in many aspects of the Chinese Grand Prix. He started from the pole, led every lap and set the fastest lap of the race to go along with the victory.