Hamilton fastest ahead of Raikkonen in FP2

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F1 Grand Prix, GP China, Shanghai International Ciruitcn

Lewis Hamilton continued to top the timesheet in the second practice session of the day in preparation for the Chinese Grand Prix. The reigning World Champion was nearly half a second quicker than Kimi Raikkonen and more than a full second ahead of Daniel Ricciardo.

Vettel and Rosberg were largely outclassed by their teammates, mostly because neither managed to do a clean lap on the soft tyres. Nico Rosberg in particular went wide through the final corner on his best lap, forcing him to be content with 5th.

As Ricciardo held hopes up for Red Bull Racing, Daniil Kvyat hit trouble as he crashed off due to an apparent brake failure. The young Russian already lapped at a reduced pace after a spark of fire originated from his left rear wheel.

After 51 minutes, the session was also halted briefly following a crash from Felipe Massa. The Brazilian lost control of his Williams under braking for turn 14 and ended up kissing the wall, tearing off an endplate of the new Williams front wing.

Results

Pos.No.DriverTeamBest TimeGapLaps
144Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG01:37.219-32
27Kimi RäikkönenFerrari01:37.6620.44335
33Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing01:38.3111.09224
45Sebastian VettelFerrari01:38.3391.12030
56Nico RosbergMercedes AMG01:38.3991.18035
626Daniil KvyatRed Bull Racing01:38.7371.51810
777Valtteri BottasWilliams01:38.8501.63127
812Felipe NasrSauber01:39.0321.81326
98Romain GrosjeanLotus F101:39.1421.92332
1022Jenson ButtonMcLaren01:39.2752.05629
1113Pastor MaldonadoLotus F101:39.4442.22530
1214Fernando AlonsoMcLaren01:39.7432.52427
139Marcus EricssonSauber01:39.7512.53233
1433Max VerstappenToro Rosso01:39.8942.67532
1555Carlos SainzToro Rosso01:39.9712.75228
1627Nico HulkenbergForce India01:40.1512.93228
1719Felipe MassaWilliams01:40.4233.2047
1811Sergio PerezForce India01:40.8683.64924
1998Roberto MerhiMarussia01:42.9735.75427
2028Will StevensMarussia01:44.5647.3458