Chinese GP Free Practice 2

Ferrari one-two in second practice

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.

1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m36.896s 35
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m37.005s 0.109s 33
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m37.133s 0.237s 33
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.329s 0.433s 33
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
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m38.723s 1.827s 34
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m38.728s 1.832s 31
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m38.828s 1.932s 28
13 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m39.178s 2.282s 31
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m39.214s 2.318s 34
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m39.774s 2.878s 32
16 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m39.890s 2.994s 22
17 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m39.941s 3.045s 36
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.979s 3.083s 35
19 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m40.550s 3.654s 33
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.066s 4.170s 32
21 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m42.954s 6.058s 4

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