Date: 12th April 2011 at 10:07am
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The Chinese Grand Prix this weekend promises to be the most competitive race of the season to date.

While defending F1 champ Sebastian Vettel may well have cruised to pole position and the race win in both Australia and Malaysia, the tide could well be turning in favour of Red Bull’s rivals McLaren and Ferrari.

While Red Bull continue to struggle with their KERS device, which Mark Webber hasn’t been able to race with at all this season, both Ferrari and certainly McLaren have edged closer and closer to Red Bull with their race pace, something that hasn’t gone unnoticed in the Red Bull pit.

‘McLaren and Ferrari are our chief concern, I think that you can see the performance can ebb and flow.’ Red Bull team principal Christian Horner told Autosport Magazine.

‘Ferrari looked to be having a very strong race in Malaysia so we need to focus on optimising our own performance. We have managed to win the two opening grands prix of the season, which is a tremendous start, and we will look to try and build on this form as we head to China next week.’

Both McLaren and Ferrari aim to bring upgrades to their cars for China in a bid to close the gap to the reining Formula One constructors World champions.

If they can both close the gap and Red Bull continue to struggle with KERS, then China will be well worth watching.