Chinese GP: Lewis Hamilton 0.007s faster than Kimi Raikkonen in FP2

Lewis Hamilton pipped Kimi Raikkonen to the fastest time in the second Formula 1 free practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix by just seven-thousandths of a second

Chinese GP: Lewis Hamilton 0.007s faster than Kimi Raikkonen in FP2

Raikkonen set the pace on the first runs in the session on soft Pirellis, just over a tenth-of-a-second ahead of Hamilton.

The Mercedes driver then became the first frontrunner to complete a qualifying simulation on ultrasofts to go top with just over an hour of the 90-minute session remaining.

Hamilton, who had a brief off during his first run after locking up while going past Esteban Ocon's Force India and another late in the session when back on softs, set his best session time of 1m33.482s despite an oversteery moment in the final corner.

Raikkonen was the last of the frontrunners to bolt on ultrasofts, ending up seven-thousandths slower and relegating the second Mercedes of Valtteri Bottas to third place - just 0.033s adrift of Hamilton's pace.

The Ferrari driver looked to have the pace to take top spot but had to go around the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson into Turn 11, which potentially cost him enough to make the difference between first and second.

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Sebastian Vettel, in the second Ferrari, was fourth with the top four drivers covered by just 0.108s.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen was 0.341s off the pace in fifth place, while team-mate Daniel Ricciardo struggled to ninth, 1.075s down having complained about his throttle pedal map and brakes during the session.

Renault's Nico Hulkenberg was best of the rest in sixth place having been as high as third early in the qualifying simulations.

He lapped 0.145s fastest than Haas driver Kevin Magnussen, with the second Renault of Carlos Sainz Jr ending up eighth.

Fernando Alonso was 10th fastest for McLaren, 1.150s off the pace, having benefitted from a tow from team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne, who was on an in-lap, on the long back straight.

Force India driver Sergio Perez was 11th ahead of Bahrain Grand Prix hero Pierre Gasly's Toro Rosso, with Ocon 13th.

Vandoorne was 14th fastest ahead of Brendon Hartley and Sergey Sirotkin.

Vandoorne's session came to an early end with just under 15 minutes remaining when he stopped on track with a loose wheel.

Romain Grosjean had a spin onto the runoff at Turn 11 on his performance run, ending up 18th fastest behind the Saubers of Marcus Ericsson and Charles Leclerc.

Lance Stroll was slowest having also spun on his qualifying simulation at the Turn 8 right hander, saying "I just lost the rear" over the radio.

Light rain fell in the closing stages of the session, although this was far too late to have any impact on the overall order, with Alonso, Hartley, Gasly, Perez, Ocon and Ericsson all briefly taking to the track on intermediate tyres.

Ericsson suffered a spin at the hairpin in the final minute, complaining about the brake map over the radio.

FP2 times

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m33.482s - 26
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m33.489s 0.007s 26
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m33.515s 0.033s 27
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m33.590s 0.108s 27
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m33.823s 0.341s 26
6 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m34.313s 0.831s 30
7 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m34.458s 0.976s 26
8 Carlos Sainz Jr. Renault 1m34.473s 0.991s 28
9 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m34.557s 1.075s 26
10 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Renault 1m34.632s 1.150s 23
11 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m34.792s 1.310s 30
12 Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso/Honda 1m34.849s 1.367s 33
13 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m34.874s 1.392s 30
14 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Renault 1m35.163s 1.681s 22
15 Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso/Honda 1m35.333s 1.851s 37
16 Sergey Sirotkin Williams/Mercedes 1m35.340s 1.858s 31
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.624s 2.142s 29
18 Charles Leclerc Sauber/Ferrari 1m35.916s 2.434s 26
19 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m36.471s 2.989s 26
20 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m37.147s 3.665s 19


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