Verstappen fastest in shortened first practice session

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F1 Grand Prix, GP China, Shanghai International Ciruitcn

Running at Shanghai commenced in rather unusual fashion, with the first practice session stopped repeatedly due to the misty weather conditions. Max Verstappen eventually topped the timesheet, comfortably fastest of only 14 cars that set a time.

The session was halted after just a few minutes already as it appeared impossible for the medical helicopter to land at the designated hospital in Schanghai. Ahead of this 40-minute break, only about 10 cars had managed to complete an installation lap.

When the session got restarted again, Max Verstappen used the available time to set the fastest time of the session, followed by another stoppage. This time around, it was the mist and wind at the circuit itself that would prevent the same medical helicopter from taking off in case of an emergency.

Just before that stoppage, Nico Hulkenberg had got stuck in the gravel trap, with Haas's Magnussen and Grosjean also having spins.

It's fair to say the for most drivers, running only really starts in FP2.


133Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:50.491-4
219Felipe MassaWilliams Mercedes1:52.086+1.595s7
318Lance StrollWilliams Mercedes1:52.507+2.016s7
455Carlos SainzToro Rosso1:52.840+2.349s5
58Romain GrosjeanHaas Ferrari1:53.039+2.548s6
626Daniil KvyatToro Rosso1:53.314+2.823s4
714Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda1:53.520+3.029s5
83Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing TAG Heuer1:54.038+3.547s7
977Valtteri BottasMercedes AMG1:54.664+4.173s4
1020Kevin MagnussenHaas Ferrari1:55.104+4.613s8
1127Nico HulkenbergRenault1:55.608+5.117s6
122Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren Honda1:57.445+6.954s4
139Marcus EricssonSauber Ferrari2:15.138+24.647s4
1436Antonio GiovinazziSauber Ferrari2:15.281+24.790s4
1530Jolyon PalmerRenault--3
165Sebastian VettelFerrari--2
177Kimi RäikkönenFerrari--1
1831Esteban OconForce India Mercedes--2
1911Sergio PerezForce India Mercedes--3
2044Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG--2