"I was just staying behind the Ferrari [of Sebastian Vettel] because with two corners to go, it's basically like a kind of a gentleman's agreement that you stay behind", Verstappen said. According to Oddschecker, Vettel is a 5/4 favorite to win in China, while Leclerc's odds fluctuate between 2/1 and 15/8. This suggests we could be in for a great race on Sunday as there appears to be equal performance between the Mercedes and Ferrari cars and Verstappen at Red Bull could potentially be up the top as well.
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.
The Finn, who leads team mate Lewis Hamilton by one point in the overall standings and was fifth in the first of Friday's two 90-minute sessions, set a benchmark time of one minute 33.330 seconds in the afternoon.
Red Bull's Max Verstappen set the third fastest time despite running slightly wide on his fastest lap, but voiced his concern over team radio about the state of his car's gearshifts towards the end of the session, saying that something felt broken.
"We need to stretch ourselves and fight", said Wolff, adding that Ferrari were clearly ahead of the rest in Bahrain despite the Mercedes one-two of Hamilton and Bottas.
"We're going to work hard tonight to find some tweaks and hopefully come back stronger tomorrow; the vehicle has the pace in it to compete at the front, we just need to find the right set-up". Teammate Pierre Gasly also failed to cross the line in time, as did Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean.
"I could almost get a auto length ahead of him and the angle into the last corner for him wasn't very sexy".
But it was Bottas, cutting a hungrier, more ruthless, figure who won ahead of Hamilton in Australia, despite Ferrari having gone into the weekend as preseason favourites.
"It's annoying because we could have fought for third today, so I guess we'll have to do some more overtaking (in the race)".
"It's absolutely no different to any other race weekend for me".
Red Bull will be on the lookout for any opportunity to repeat last year's success on the 10th anniversary of that first win.
Ecclestone, who is close to Vettel, claimed that the 31-year-old would put his wife, Hanna, and their two young girls before the sport, if he started to feel unloved at Ferrari.