Mercedes is fastest, you don't need AUTOSPORT to tell you that. Even though the team endured a tougher Friday at Shanghai that it has been used to, the car that has walked the first three races remains the one to beat.
But Ferrari's speed was eye-catching. Fernando Alonso was fastest in the morning session, fastest on medium tyre pace in the afternoon by just over half-a-second and ultimately just 0.141s slower than Lewis Hamilton's fastest time.
So does that mean that all is suddenly well at Maranello? The adage that if it looks too good to be true, it probably is, applies here. For while Ferrari does not look as bad as it did in Bahrain, a closer look at the times suggests that today might have been more about a few positive headlines for new team principal Marco Mattiacci rather than a remarkable turnaround.
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Edd Straw is Editor-in-Chief of Autosport, overseeing both print and digital versions of the brand. Edd has worked for Autosport since joining as a junior reporter in 2002. He became Editor in November 2014, having previously worked as National Editor, News Editor and Grand Prix Editor.
Originally from Guernsey in the Channel Islands, he joined Autosport shortly after graduating from university. He went on to cover a wide range of categories from club motorsport to the World Touring Car Championship and Le Mans to Formula 3 before switching to F1 full-time at the 2008 French Grand Prix. He continues to cover a range of international events in his position as Editor-in-Chief.
In his spare time, he was formerly a club racer whose abilities did not match his enthusiasm in a variety of categories.