FLASHBACK TO 2014: 1,2,3! Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton had this third win in China back then and his third consecutive win for the 2014 season. Image: AP
SHANGHAI, China - The F1 world is looking to the Shanghai skies with the prospect of another Mercedes versus Ferrari battle this weekend.
Ferrari has upped its pace significantly for 2015 and many observers believe the extreme temperatures seen in Malaysia two weeks ago were the biggest factor in Sebastian Vettel's surprise victory.
Even technical boss James Allison admits that, while others may have struggled to cool their cars at Sepang, Ferrari managed to run "without having to open up" the bodywork of the SF15-T.
Allison was quoted by the Daily Mail: as saying: "The track was also rough and hot, which is hard for tyres, and we're fortunate the car goes well on its tyres.
"Quite what problems were going on in Merc-land I don't know but I'm fairly sure we will have our work cut out in China to do as impressive a job as we did in Malaysia."
That's because much cooler temperatures are forecast for the 2015 Chinese GP, meaning Mercedes could revert to its Melbourne-brand of dominance.
Allison admitted: "There's a lot of work for us to do before we can head into every race weekend confident we can hunt for the victory from the first session of that weekend."
'CHINA WAS VERY HOT'
Vettel also admits that it is too soon for Ferrari to declare itself on eye-level with the reigning World champion. Vettel told Sport Bild: "The most important thing now is to confirm our position as the second force.
"Malaysia was very hot, but China is a totally different circuit and it will be much colder. I expect Mercedes to be very, very strong and I believe they will - as usual - set the pace."
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