Vettel tops final Chinese practice in wet


In a session that was a waste of time, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel led the way in the final Chinese Grand Prix Formula 1 practice session run in the wet on the Shanghai International Circuit. The times are, therefore, meaningless because dryer weather is expected for qualifying.

Heavy rain throughout the morning meant the cars needed full wets to start the session and only Bottas tried it.

Vettel did not take to the track until there were 22 minutes remaining, and on intermediates he set the fastest lap of the session, with Bottas his nearest challenger, but 0.710s adrift also on inters.

Force India's Sergio Perez was third quickest, but 1.338s down, followed by Sainz, the Haas of Esteban Gutierrez, and Renault's Jolyon Palmer.


Pos Driver Car Time Behind Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari/Ferrari 1m57.351s 0.000s 3
2 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m58.061s 0.710s 7
3 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m58.689s 1.338s 4
4 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m58.800s 1.449s 9
5 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m59.526s 2.175s 7
6 Jolyon Palmer Renault/Renault 1m59.677s 2.326s 7
7 Kevin Magnussen Renault/Renault 1m59.761s 2.410s 9
8 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m59.964s 2.613s 8
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 2m00.150s 2.799s 6
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 2m00.158s 2.807s 4
11 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 2m00.197s 2.846s 8
12 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari/Ferrari 2m00.812s 3.461s 5
13 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 2m02.438s 5.087s 4
14 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 2m02.732s 5.381s 5
Jenson Button McLaren/Honda No Time 3
Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda No Time 3
Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari No Time 4
Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer No Time 4
Nico Rosberg Mercedes/Mercedes No Time 2
Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer No Time 3
Lewis Hamilton Mercedes/Mercedes No Time 2
Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari No Time 1

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