Alex Palmer Writes...
And quali is back........we think, although after the last round's false hope I might just keep something in reserve just in case it goes horribly wrong again. At least we know that all the drivers are in China based on a couple of photos doing the social media rounds of their pizza night. Well, to be strictly lay accurate, we assume they were all there on the basis it was Kimi behind the camera. I wonder how they settled on who pays the bill - perhaps one driver got to leave every 90 seconds until the waiters noticed, at which point it became a rush to be the fastest to the door with the last man standing having free choice of which credit card to choose to present. Hmmm, maybe the dodgy quali has affected me more than previously thought.

In more normal news, Hamilton spent time at the Great Wall this week, Haryanto was the guest of honour at another Indonesian Embassy function, Ricciardo had a hairdressing mishap (I am sure you'll see it during this weekend's coverage), Alonso attended a Chandon function and Ferrari launched a supercar for the Chinese market. So same old same old really.

Let's hope this weekend is indeed an exciting one. Can Grosjean continue Haas' remarkable start to the season? Can McLaren score more points, or get both cars to the finish (either works for me). And will Hamilton's grid penalty lead to exciting racing? We shall see in about 3 days.....

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10.00 am
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2.00 pm
Practice 3Saturday 21 October
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2017 Calendar

RaceGrand PrixRace Day
1AustraliaSunday 26 March
2ChinaSunday 9 April
3BahrainSunday 16 April
4RussiaSunday 30 April
5SpainSunday 14 May
6MonacoSunday 28 May
7CanadaSunday 11 June
8AzerbaijanSunday 25 June
9AustriaSunday 9 July
10Great BritainSunday 16 July
11HungarySunday 30 July
12BelgiumSunday 27 August
13ItalySunday 3 September
14SingaporeSunday 17 September
15MalaysiaSunday 1 October
16JapanSunday 8 October
17United StatesSunday 22 October
18MexicoSunday 29 October
19BrazilSunday 12 November
20Abu DhabiSunday 26 November

2017 Driver Leaderboard

PlaceDriverTeamPoints
1HamiltonMercedes306
2VettelFerrari247
3BottasMercedes234
4RicciardoRed Bull192
5RäikkönenFerrari148
6VerstappenRed Bull111
7PerezForce India82
8OconForce India65
9SainzToro Rosso48
10HulkenbergRenault34
11MassaWilliams34
12StrollWilliams32
13GrosjeanHaas28
14MagnussenHaas15
15VandoorneMcLaren13
16AlonsoMcLaren10
17PalmerRenault8
18WehrleinSauber5
19KvyatToro Rosso4
20ButtonMcLaren0
21EricssonSauber0
22GiovinazziSauber0

2017 Constructor Leaderboard

PlaceTeamPoints
1Mercedes540
2Ferrari395
3Red Bull303
4Force India147
5Williams66
6Toro Rosso52
7Haas43
8Renault42
9McLaren23
10Sauber5