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GP Cina, prove libere venerdì–18/04/2014

Chinese GP: Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton recovers to lead practice two

Lewis Hamilton bounced back from a late start to top Friday’s second free practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver missed the first 25 minutes of the one-and-a-half hour session thanks to a suspension problem, which had also limited his running during free practice one.

But after a brief stint on the medium-compound Pirellis, during which he lapped a second-and-a-quarter off the pacesetters on equivalent rubber, Hamilton switched to softs at around the halfway mark.

Hamilton, who complained of understeer on his first run, blitzed the final sector of the lap, setting comfortably the quickest time of the afternoon in that part of the circuit to knock Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso off top spot by 0.141s.

Alonso had earlier relegated the second Mercedes of Nico Rosberg from the top of the times by four tenths of a second, setting a particularly strong pace in the twisty middle sector of the lap.

After a dismal Bahrain GP weekend, it was a far stronger day for Alonso. He earlier topped the first free practice session and then set the fastest time during the medium-compound running at the start of the afternoon’s running.

Rosberg had the potential to produce a better time and after setting the fastest time of all in sector one, yellow flags at the final corner cost him time, although it is not clear how much. He had to be content with third-fastest time.

Daniel Ricciardo beat Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel to fourth place, with Felipe Massa making good on the Williams team’s hopes for a stronger weekend in China in sixth overall.

Kimi Raikkonen was seventh fastest after a brief off at the final corner, with McLaren’s Jenson Button eighth ahead of Romain Grosjean and Daniil Kvyat.

Behind them, Force India failed to recapture its Bahrain form, with Nico Hulkenberg 11th fastest and almost a second-and-a-half off the pace, and Sergio Perez 15th.

Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado endured a fraught session, suffering off-track moments at the final and the first corner prior to crashing in the pit-entry shortly after the half-hour mark.

Both Caterham’s Kamui Kobayashi and Marussia’s Max Chilton spun during the session, with Kevin Magnussen, Nico Hulkenberg, Marcus Ericsson and Kevin Magnussen among those to have off-track moments.

Pos  Driver             Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Lewis Hamilton     Mercedes              1m38.315s           25
 2.  Fernando Alonso    Ferrari               1m38.456s  +0.141s  28
 3.  Nico Rosberg       Mercedes              1m38.726s  +0.411s  30
 4.  Daniel Ricciardo   Red Bull-Renault      1m38.811s  +0.496s  30
 5.  Sebastian Vettel   Red Bull-Renault      1m39.015s  +0.700s  31
 6.  Felipe Massa       Williams-Mercedes     1m39.118s  +0.803s  25
 7.  Kimi Raikkonen     Ferrari               1m39.283s  +0.968s  25
 8.  Jenson Button      McLaren-Mercedes      1m39.491s  +1.176s  29
 9.  Romain Grosjean    Lotus-Renault         1m39.537s  +1.222s  36
10.  Daniil Kvyat       Toro Rosso-Renault    1m39.648s  +1.333s  26
11.  Nico Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes  1m39.736s  +1.421s  30
12.  Kevin Magnussen    McLaren-Mercedes      1m39.744s  +1.429s  29
13.  Jean-Eric Vergne   Toro Rosso-Renault    1m39.759s  +1.444s  28
14.  Valtteri Bottas    Williams-Mercedes     1m39.830s  +1.515s  25
15.  Sergio Perez       Force India-Mercedes  1m40.124s  +1.809s  32
16.  Esteban Gutierrez  Sauber-Ferrari        1m40.359s  +2.044s  32
17.  Adrian Sutil       Sauber-Ferrari        1m40.395s  +2.080s  30
18.  Pastor Maldonado   Lotus-Renault         1m40.455s  +2.140s  12
19.  Jules Bianchi      Marussia-Ferrari      1m42.327s  +4.012s  27
20.  Max Chilton        Marussia-Ferrari      1m43.473s  +5.158s  30
21.  Kamui Kobayashi    Caterham-Renault      1m43.530s  +5.215s  32
22.  Marcus Ericsson    Caterham-Renault      1m43.679s  +5.364s  32
Da Autosport.com

Chinese GP: Fernando Alonso and Ferrari lead first Friday practice

Fernando Alonso set the early pace for the Ferrari Formula 1 team in the opening practice session for this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.

The two-time world champion was 0.398 seconds faster than Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes at a cool and misty Shanghai International Circuit.

Australian Daniel Ricciardo was third quickest in his Red Bull ahead of Jenson Button’s McLaren.

Nico Hulkenberg was fifth fastest for Force India, one place in front of the other McLaren of Kevin Magnussen.

The second Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton was eighth fastest overall, but his session ended a few minutes early after he reported a problem with the balance of his car.

Alonso’s pace will have pleased Ferrari’s new team principal Marco Mattiacci, who made his first appearance in his new role with the Scuderia this morning.

There was less joy on the other side of the garage as Alonso’s team-mate Kimi Raikkonen could only manage a single installation lap after he suffered problems with the front of his car.

As ever the first practice session of the weekend was characterised by low grip and many drivers struggled with locking brakes. A number of teams were also trailing new parts – including Mercedes, which has arrived in China with a new front wing.

Sauber’s Esteban Gutierrez did not emerge from his garage until an hour into the session after he suffered a malfunction his clutch. Jules Bianchi had a fuel system problem following his installation lap and sat out nearly all of the 90 minutes before joining for a brief late run.

There was early drama for Pastor Maldonado when he spun his Lotus at Turn 9 just 10 minutes into the session. He appeared to be looking down to make an adjustment on his steering wheel as he lost control.

Rookie Daniil Kvyat was another to leave the track, when he made a small mistake and spun at Turn 1 and also Turn 14.

Williams ran its test and reserve driver Felipe Nasr in place of Valtteri Bottas for this session and he finished with the 13th fastest time.

Sauber also used one of its test roster, with Giedo van der Garde standing in for Adrian Sutil.

Pos  Driver               Team/Car              Time       Gap      Laps
 1.  Fernando Alonso      Ferrari               1m39.783s           20
 2.  Nico Rosberg         Mercedes              1m40.181s  +0.398s  16
 3.  Daniel Ricciardo     Red Bull-Renault      1m40.772s  +0.989s  23
 4.  Jenson Button        McLaren-Mercedes      1m40.970s  +1.187s  23
 5.  Nico Hulkenberg      Force India-Mercedes  1m41.175s  +1.392s  16
 6.  Kevin Magnussen      McLaren-Mercedes      1m41.366s  +1.583s  20
 7.  Jean-Eric Vergne     Toro Rosso-Renault    1m41.505s  +1.722s  26
 8.  Lewis Hamilton       Mercedes              1m41.560s  +1.777s  9
 9.  Sebastian Vettel     Red Bull-Renault      1m41.629s  +1.846s  19
10.  Felipe Massa         Williams-Mercedes     1m41.699s  +1.916s  14
11.  Daniil Kvyat         Toro Rosso-Renault    1m41.977s  +2.194s  23
12.  Romain Grosjean      Lotus-Renault         1m42.090s  +2.307s  24
13.  Felipe Nasr          Williams-Mercedes     1m42.265s  +2.482s  13
14.  Giedo van der Garde  Sauber-Ferrari        1m42.615s  +2.832s  16
15.  Sergio Perez         Force India-Mercedes  1m42.733s  +2.950s  13
16.  Pastor Maldonado     Lotus-Renault         1m43.731s  +3.948s  22
17.  Kamui Kobayashi      Caterham-Renault      1m44.038s  +4.255s  16
18.  Esteban Gutierrez    Sauber-Ferrari        1m44.162s  +4.379s  17
19.  Jules Bianchi        Marussia-Ferrari      1m44.270s  +4.487s  7
20.  Max Chilton          Marussia-Ferrari      1m44.782s  +4.999s  20
21.  Marcus Ericsson      Caterham-Renault      1m44.835s  +5.052s  22
22.  Kimi Raikkonen       Ferrari                                   1
Da Autosport.com

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