Chinese GP: Verstappen tops wet first practice

Max Verstappen
Max Verstappen

While the top drivers did not bother to risk their cars in the wet, Max Verstappen topped the first Formula 1 free practice session of the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Red Bull driver was on the intermediate tires at just the right time to end up 1.5s ahead of Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll.

It took more than 45 minutes for the session to get going, thanks to a lengthy red flag.

The stoppage was initially called shortly after the session had started, due to weather conditions in Shanghai being unsuitable for the medical helicopter to land at the hospital if needed.

It wasn't until 47 minutes after the session started that the track went green again.


1 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m50.491s 0.000s 4
2 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m52.086s 1.595s 7
3 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m52.507s 2.016s 7
4 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m52.840s 2.349s 5
5 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m53.039s 2.548s 6
6 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m53.314s 2.823s 4
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m53.520s 3.029s 5
8 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m54.038s 3.547s 7
9 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes/Mercedes 1m54.664s 4.173s 4
10 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m55.104s 4.613s 8
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault/Renault 1m55.608s 5.117s 6
12 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m57.445s 6.954s 4
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2m15.138s 24.647s 4
14 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber/Ferrari 2m15.281s 24.790s 4
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault/Renault 3
16 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari/Ferrari 2
17 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari/Ferrari 1
18 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 2
19 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 3
20 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes/Mercedes 2

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