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04/18/14
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Chinese GP: Hamilton leads 2nd Friday practice
Lewis Hamilton
Once the first practice session cleaned the track, Lewis Hamilton topped Friday's second free practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Mercedes driver beat Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso by 0.141s, however, the Mercedes drivers are still sandbagging.

Nico Rosberg had to be content with third-fastest time with the team likely detuning his engine so as not to show the Mercedes team hand too early.

Daniel Ricciardo beat Red Bull teammate Sebastian Vettel to fourth place having demoralized the world champion all year. Felipe Massa was sixth overall for Williams.

Kimi Raikkonen was seventh fastest with McLaren's Jenson Button eighth ahead of Romain Grosjean and Daniil Kvyat.

Both Caterham's were dead last, the worst team and car in F1.

Lewis Hamilton
It was quite a difficult day today as we missed some of this morning's session which put us on the back foot slightly, but we were glad to get some laps in the second session at least. We're not too happy with the balance of the car at the moment, so we need to go and work on that. This circuit is particularly hard on tires, as it has been every year, so we need to be prepared for that. A few of the other teams look to have improved in terms of pace, which is great as it means we will have a fight. There's a lot of work to do and the guys are already here early and working late, but I'm confident that we can make some improvements going into tomorrow.

Nico Rosberg
It's a unique weekend here in China; normally we struggle with rear tire wear but here it seems to be the front tires that I struggle with. You have so many long corners; you are just waiting and waiting and waiting to finish the corners. There is a lot of energy spent adapting to this situation. There is a need to be creative and look at the set-up, because graining can be very bad. We are still looking good performance wise, in terms of one-lap pace and on the long runs. But other teams were watching us and pushing a lot as we saw with Fernando today. I guess that my main rival for a win will again be my teammate, so I'm looking forward to the next in-house battle.

Results

Pos Driver Team/Car Time Behind Laps
1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m38.315s +0.000s 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

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