Chinese GP: Hamilton leads Raikkonen in practice 2

Hamilton pulls into the pits after setting fast time

Lewis Hamilton topped the timesheets in the 2nd practice for the Chinese Grand Prix Formula 1 race ahead of the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen the Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel's Ferraris in 4th.

The session was interrupted by a spectator running across the track and Felipe Massa losing his Williams at high speed under braking at the end of the back straight, scraping the wall in the hairpin run-off.

Kvyat's session then came to an early end when smoke started pouring from his rear brakes. The Russian could not slow down sufficiently into the Turn 14 hairpin and skated all the way to the wall.

Quotes

Lewis Hamilton
Today was definitely an improvement on Friday in Malaysia. It was good to get both sessions in and that puts me in a stronger position. The team has done an amazing job to find some improvements in the car. Balance-wise it's way better than the last race and it was generally feeling really good. I don't know how long I went on each compound but it felt good on the long and short runs. The prime perhaps didn't feel as good as the option but I'll have to go and analyze the data to see where we are compared to the others. It was quite close between us and Ferrari. They look just as fast as they were last time out and Nico was quick as well, so we definitely have a race on. But I feel like I've got some improvements to make and I think we've got the pace to stay ahead.

Nico Rosberg
It seems that we are very quick on one lap – but I just didn't get my lap together on the softer tires. I tried a different line on the grass at the final corner, which was not very quick as it turns out! Obviously, that wasn't ideal and it cost me a good lap. But Lewis showed the pace we have in the car. On a long run we need to analyze the data to see where we are but the Ferraris seem to be very strong again. In the morning I tried a new front wing and we collected a lot of data, so that was a very useful session for us. It will be a long night with the engineers to find the best setup for the race on Sunday.

Toto Wolff
It was a good day from a reliability point of view, with both cars running the program like we planned and doing lots of laps. We also ran a new front wing in the morning and the correlation all looks good, so a great job done by the team back at the factory. Performance wise, we look competitive over one lap – although Nico didn't quite get his lap together today. But Ferrari are close – and closer still on the long runs. We saw in Malaysia that we need to get every detail right to put together a winning weekend, so this will be our focus tonight as we do our analysis and tomorrow in preparation for qualifying. It will be an exciting battle.

Paddy Lowe
We had a good day today: there were no problems to report and we completed our planned program successfully, including the evaluation of our new aerodynamic parts. We ran the two different types of tire at different fuel loads and gathered a lot of useful information. There is a big difference between the prime and option over a single lap, which will certainly influence strategies for the rest of the weekend. Both drivers were pretty happy with the car today but Ferrari look to be similarly competitive here as they were in Malaysia, so we will have our work cut out once again.

Kimi Raikkonen
Overall it has been a good day of work. In the afternoon we had a problem with the brakes but the mechanics did a very good job and managed to fix it, then I was able to go back on track and go on with the program. It’s a bit early to make predictions, we still have things to improve, tomorrow we have to make sure that everything works and have another good day without any issues or problems and then we’ll do our best for qualifying and the race.

Sebastian Vettel
Generally I feel happy in the car, but I think we can improve it for tomorrow, that is usually what Friday is for. So ideally I would have loved to do more laps, but all in all it was a solid session, for the team as well. I think we can do a step forward tomorrow and then we can see what we can do. First of all it is only the third race of season; second, it is a different track compared to Malaysia, therefore the most important thing is to look after ourselves. The target n.1 is that we are right behind Mercedes, you have to accept that they are very strong, as the season gets on we try to get closer and closer. Fight for pole with Mercedes tomorrow? They were very strong today. For us the most important thing is to make a step forward, there are a few things that we can improve. Am I scared of Red Bull? No, it was probably the first more or less ok Friday for them. I think it is clear that it gets tougher as the season goes on, as everybody will find his own rhythm. Tire management will be crucial.

DANIEL RICCIARDO
We had a good Friday, we got all the running we could from the sessions and our pace looks good. We had a few aero updates and drivability is always getting better, we definitely have had an improvement and that’s all we can ask for. We obviously have a few more steps to take but we’re making them in the right direction, so that’s positive.

DANIIL KVYAT
We are investigating what happened with the brakes, it felt like I couldn’t stop the car, so we need to learn more about that. Everything had been fine up until the end of FP2. It’s a shame I couldn’t make a longer run but we still got many useful laps in. We brought some upgrades here and they look quite positive.

Carlos Sainz
We managed to go through today’s plan with no issues, so I’m happy with that. FP1 was all about learning the track. I felt quite comfortable from the very beginning and was able to build-up on that. It’s a nice track, I like driving here, it’s challenging and different to other circuits, which is good. FP2 was more focused on tire life and performance. Unfortunately, during the Option run the red flag spoiled our short run, but when we went back out to complete the long run I felt good. Everything is very close here, it’s going to be a tight fight this weekend, but we are ready for it.

Max Verstappen
It was a bit of a difficult day today, to be honest. I wasn’t really happy with the balance of the car in FP1, so we tried to improve it for FP2. It was better but we still need to find a bit more pace. Of course, we were also not able to complete the ideal lap this afternoon because when we went out the red flag came out. There’s definitely room for improvement and hopefully we can do a better job tomorrow. I like driving here, it’s a technical track and quite challenging, but that’s what I like.

More to follow……

RESULTS:

Pos Driver Car Time Behind Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.219s 0.000s 32
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m37.662s 0.443s 35
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m38.311s 1.092s 24
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m38.339s 1.120s 30
5 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m38.399s 1.180s 35
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m38.737s 1.518s 10
7 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m38.850s 1.631s 27
8 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.032s 1.813s 26
9 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 1m39.142s 1.923s 32
10 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m39.275s 2.056s 29
11 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 1m39.444s 2.225s 30
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m39.743s 2.524s 27
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.751s 2.532s 33
14 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1m39.894s 2.675s 32
15 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m39.971s 2.752s 28
16 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m40.151s 2.932s 28
17 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m40.423s 3.204s 7
18 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m40.868s 3.649s 24
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 1m42.973s 5.754s 27
20 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 1m44.564s 7.345s 8

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