Ferrari headed the field in second practice for the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday, repeating what they achieved a couple of weeks ago in Bahrain by beating both Mercedes in a session.
It had been a difficult start to the day in free practice one, given the red flags for the tyre failures which marred the morning. That led to a limited amount of running for all the teams in a truncated session, once again leaving Mercedes at the top of the standings.
The second session though brought better fortunes for the Scuderia Ferrari with Kimi Raikkonen leading Sebastian Vettel at the head of the field by a tenth of a second. The team spent much of the time on the super soft tyre, the softest available this weekend, and should qualifying be dry (which is looking highly unlikely) would be the favoured tyre to qualify on.
Mercedes would take the bridesmaids position, interestingly Nico Rosberg still ahead of Lewis Hamilton by a couple of tenths. Unlike Ferrari, much of their long runs were set on either the soft or super soft tyres. Best of the rest was once again Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull, with Red Bull stable mate Max Verstappen only slightly behind in sixth.
Fernando Alonso was allowed to carry on driving for the rest of the weekend by the FIA medics and was faster than his team mate Jenson Button, just outside the top ten in 11th.
At the back of the field, Kevin Magnussen didn’t take part in the session following his suspension failure in the morning, while Esteban Gutierrez’s brakes were on fire after having an electrical problem in the morning session. After suffering two tyre failures in the morning, it was a quiet afternoon for Felipe Massa only in 14th.
|5||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/TAG Heuer||1m38.143s||1.247s||31|
|6||Max Verstappen||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m38.268s||1.372s||28|
|7||Nico Hulkenberg||Force India/Mercedes||1m38.527s||1.631s||31|
|8||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Ferrari||1m38.542s||1.646s||32|
|9||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m38.569s||1.673s||31|
|13||Daniil Kvyat||Red Bull/TAG Heuer||1m39.178s||2.282s||31|