Hamilton treating F1's 1,000th race like any other

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Lewis Hamilton is not feeling sentimental about the 1,000-race milestone Formula One is celebrating at this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix. "Doesn't matter if it's the thousandth or two thousandth or ten thousandth, it's an irrelevant figure for me". "There's more chance there of big, big expansion and more chances commercially than there is of changing things in Formula One". I think auto racing will be still around. That day an Alfa Romeo driven by Juan Manuel Fangio.

Formula One's past and future will be in the spotlight in Shanghai because it is the world championship's 1,000th race.

The build-up to this weekend's landmark Chinese Grand Prix has already been huge, with added importance assigned to much of the pre-race PR activity and it will be a special weekend for all involved.

Fans have lived through and run the gamut of emotions from drama to extreme stress to anger to unbridled passion.

Formula One has returned for what is most likely the most Netflix hyped season, and we thank them for it. Ferrari the staple of the sport is reeling to stay at the front of the pack, while rival Mercedes have proven time and again that they should be considered the best team in Motorsports. If you have not, he just graduated to the most coveted seat in Motorsports.

"I never bothered to check and I only know what somebody told me a little while ago, but more than 800", added the billionaire when asked how many races he had attended. Here's to 1 000 more.

This saw one of the races of the season due to strategy and Isola says the tyres brought this year are similar to last season. But overall, I like the track a lot because there are many different types of corner that you don't find elsewhere on the calendar, especially turn 1, and also 13 which leads onto the long straight.

The Scuderia will be hoping the 1000th F1 race will be one that they can look back on as a turning point, while Red Bull will be going for back-to-back victories in the Chinese capital following Daniel Ricciardo's triumph previous year.

The last was at Brands Hatch in 1983 when reigning world champion Keke Rosberg stood on top of a podium that featured American Danny Sullivan and Australia's 1980 F1 champion Alan Jones. For Mark Webber, whom Vettel himself upset as a young upstart at Red Bull, this will feel like karma.

After two races of the 21-round season, Bottas is still ahead of Hamilton - albeit by only a point.

A devastating mechanical issue robbed him of a victory in Bahrain, but he is well served by just accepting it as part of the sport. In fact, Ferrari should have won the Bahrain Grand Prix, but Charles Leclerc's vehicle had an engine problem and Sebastian Vettel had a spin.

Instead, Ecclestone says he will go to the next races in Baku and Barcelona, the latter with CVC's Donald Mackenzie.

Meanwhile, Mercedes will arrive in China with a quiet confidence.

'It was unusual in terms of pace for Ferrari from the first to the second race, ' said Bottas.

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It isn't the only culprit either for Red Bull's lack of pace in Bahrain.

In spite of Ferrari's misfortune this year, Wolff is adamant Mercedes can not lose sight of the current performance advantage the Italian outfit possesses, as it plans to "exert pressure" on its main rivals in Shanghai.

The ever-tightening battle in the mid-field certainly won't relent either. "I don't know if Liberty thought about that".