Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Hertfordshire's Lewis Hamilton dominates first Chinese F1 Grand Prix practice

F1 news features Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton today GETTYF1 news features Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton today
Sidney Guerrero | 14 April, 2018, 10:25

With just two hours before qualifying, Red Bull will be in a race against time to get Ricciardo's auto ready - and Mercedes will be looking for ways to find half a second on Ferrari ahead of the crucial fight for pole.

The top three finished the afternoon in the same order as they had ended the opening 90 minutes of practice.

The cool conditions experienced on Friday morning are likely to carry through to FP2 which gets underway at 14:00 local time.

"The balance of the vehicle is good but we have some fine-tuning to do on it tonight. But, it's good to see all the times so close". "Melbourne we saw one, last weekend. this weekend we need a clean weekend, nearly a boring couple of sessions, qualifying and race - just to see what the potential of this vehicle really is".

As the first 2 practice sessions of the Chinese Grand Prix wraps up, it is advantage Hamilton as he topped the timesheets.

Valtteri Bottas was third quickest, 0.099s behind Raikkonen but like his teammate he had opted to run the soft tyre for his best lap, the only two drivers of the top seven to do so. Mercedes have won five times in the last six Chinese Grands Prix, with Fernando Alonso in 2013 recording the last Ferrari victory in Shanghai.

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Even if the two Red Bulls and the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen had not retired, Gasly had a great drive on the Sakhir circuit and will be yet another driver to follow in China. "It is a good track for us, but it will be closer than you think so we need to bring our A-game every weekend".

Dane Kevin Magnussen set the seventh-fastest time for American outfit Haas with Renault's Carlos Sainz eighth and the other Haas driver Romain Grosjean ninth.

There was little drama in the session, which was hit by rain in the closing stages.

But there was trouble for McLaren's Stoffel Vandoorne, who stopped out on track shortly before the end of the afternoon session with a loose wheel, in what was the fifth occasion so far in 2018 that an F1 auto has left the pits with a tire not properly attached. The Saubers, Stoffel Vandoorne and Lance Stroll rounded out the finishers.

Hamilton said he thought he had been ahead for most of the corner where they clashed but that once he accepted defeat he gave Verstappen the required room - only for the young Dutchman to hold him out wide unnecessarily, until they touched.

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