F1: Chinese Grand Prix, Vettel Fastest for Ferrari in FP3
Sebastien Vettel set the pace during final F 1 practice for the Chinese Grand Prix, heading a Ferrari 1-2 after MercedesAMG’s Lewis Hamilton made a mistake on his final run.
Mr. Vettel ended up just 5/100ths ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, setting his benchmark 1m33.336s during a super-soft run midway through the hour-long session.
Mr. Hamilton wasted his opportunity to knock Mr. Vettel off tof the Top Spot when he ran wide at the hairpin on his final super-soft run, having set the best 1st sector time of all and been just 2/1000th sec slower than the Ferrari driver in the 2nd run
Daniel Ricciardo led the early running, initially on softs before improving to a 1m35.647s using super-softs. This left him the best part of 2secs clear of Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll.
Mr. Raikkonen moved the benchmark into the 1m34s bracket right on the halfway point of the session with a 1m34.519s, despite complaining over the radio about a lack of front grip.
Sebastian Vettel made the move to the super-softs, taking more than a second out of Mr. Raikkonen’s time to go fastest with a 1m33.336s.
Valtteri Bottas, who lost his T-wing when it snapped off early in the session, made his move with 17 mins to go, splitting the Ferraris with a 1m34.333s.
He was quickly displaced by team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who came 2nd with a 1m34.093s.
But they were both shuffled back a spot when Mr. Raikkonen restored the Ferrari 1-2 by improving to a 1m33.389s.
Mr. Hamilton then returned to the track with a few minutes to go to have one more crack at the Ferraris, but the error at the hairpin meant he only improved to a 1m33.879s.
This also gave Bottas the opportunity to mark at 3rd, jumping his team-mate with a 1m33.707s on his final run.
Mr. Massa was best of the rest in 5th after improving to a 1m34.773s, while Max Verstappen got ahead of Red Bull team-mate Ricciardo with a 1m34.946s set inside the last 10 mins.
Lance Stroll and Jolyon Palmer were next in line, while Carlos Sainz was 10th quickest in the Toro Rosso.
All drivers set their best times on super-softs, except for Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat in 15th place.
|6||Max Verstappen||Red Bull/Renault||1m34.946s||1.610s||20|
|7||Daniel Ricciardo||Red Bull/Renault||1m35.092s||1.756s||23|
|10||Carlos Sainz||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m35.223s||1.887s||24|
|13||Sergio Perez||Force India/Mercedes||1m35.626s||2.290s||20|
|15||Daniil Kvyat||Toro Rosso/Renault||1m35.804s||2.468s||23|
|16||Esteban Ocon||Force India/Mercedes||1m35.811s||2.475s||24|