Sebastian Vettel
Ferrari's Vettel is again expected to do well in China following his triumph in the Malaysian Grand PrixReuters

After the success of the two opening race in Australia and Malaysia, the Formula 1 action moves to the Shanghai International Circuit where teams will be battling for supremacy in the Chinese Grand Prix.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel grabbed an unexpected victory in Sepang with a time of 1:41:05.793, +8.569s and +12.31s ahead of Mercedes duo Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

The four-time world champion, taking advantage of lower tyre degradation, made a two-stop strategy to beat Mercedes in the hot conditions in the Sepang International Circuit.

Although many are now expecting Ferrari to compete with Mercedes, Vettel insists that his win in Malaysia was due to the high temperatures in Malaysia and he is not expecting to beat the Silver Arrows in Shanghai.

"We did a great job in Malaysia, but we have to be realistic," the former Red Bull driver told BBC. "We need to establish we are the team right behind Mercedes and to ensure that the gap gets closer and closer to them."

"We are realistic about where we are - targets haven't changed. But Mercedes is in a strong position. The pace was for real two weeks ago; Mercedes didn't back off. But there were circumstances coming together."

"For here and for the next races, things can be up and down. We want to ensure that there is more up than down."

Defending champion Hamilton, meanwhile, admits that Mercedes were poor in Malaysia and they will be looking to improve in the Chinese Grand Prix.

"Malaysia was a tough weekend. It always is with the heat – but with car problems on Friday, rain during qualifying on Saturday and a race which didn't go to plan on Sunday, this one was particularly challenging," Hamilton told Formula 1's official website.

"I think ultimately we made the best choices we could – but there is always room for improvement and we've been working hard to analyse everything for the next race in China."

Although the 30-year-old admits that the Chinese Grand Prix will be a "different challenge," he insists that he enjoys driving in Shanghai and will be looking to win the race on Sunday.

"The circuit itself is a different challenge to Albert Park and Sepang – but it's one I really enjoy and it suits my driving style quite well. I won the race last year and have only finished outside of the podium places twice, so the target is definitely to build on that and get back to the front."

Hamilton's teammate Rosberg also admits that he was not able to do well in Malaysia and his team have learnt some lessons after their defeat to Ferrari in Sepang.

"The last race weekend was not great for me. I didn't get my lap together in qualifying, then losing time in the pits made it a tough race to fight back and try to catch Lewis," the German told Formula 1's official website.

"We've definitely learned some lessons and it's time to take that to the track in China."

The 29-year-old, however, says that he is expecting to do well in Shanghai, where he got his first Formula 1 win in 2012, despite admitting that he will be getting some tough competition from Hamilton and Vettel.

"It's not been a perfect start to my sixth year with the team and I'm determined to turn that around this weekend," he added.

"Of course, my team-mate will have other ideas – and so will my compatriot in the red car, I'm sure. But this is a track that has always suited me well, so I'm aiming to put in a strong weekend."

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