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F1 Chinese Grand Prix: Vettel fastest for Ferrari in free practice 3

Sebastien Vettel set the pace during final Formula 1 practice for the Chinese Grand Prix, heading a Ferrari one-two after Lewis Hamilton made a mistake on his final run

Vettel ended up just five-hundredths clear of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, setting his benchmark 1m33.336s during a super-soft run midway through the hour-long session.

Hamilton wasted his opportunity to knock Vettel off top spot when he ran wide at the hairpin on his final super-soft run, having set the best first sector time of all and been just two-thousandths of a second slower than the Ferrari driver in the second.

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 two seconds clear of Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll.

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.

At almost the same time Sebastian Vettel made the move to the super-softs, taking more than a second out of Raikkonen's time to go fastest with a 1m33.336s.

Williams driver Felipe Massa also made gains on the softer rubber around the same time, jumping into third with a 1m35.092s, while Ricciardo improved to an identical time to the thousandth.

Valtteri Bottas, who lost his T-wing when it snapped off early in the session, made his move with 17 minutes to go, splitting the Ferraris with a 1m34.333s.

He was quickly displaced by team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who went second with a 1m34.093s.

But they were both shuffled back a spot several minutes later when Raikkonen restored the Ferrari one-two by improving to a 1m33.389s.

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 sneak into third, jumping his team-mate with a 1m33.707s on his final run.

Massa was best of the rest in fifth 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 minutes.

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.

FP3 TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m33.336s - 20
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m33.389s 0.053s 19
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m33.707s 0.371s 26
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m33.879s 0.543s 25
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m34.773s 1.437s 23
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m34.946s 1.610s 20
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m35.092s 1.756s 23
8 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m35.182s 1.846s 24
9 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m35.192s 1.856s 21
10 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.223s 1.887s 24
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m35.449s 2.113s 22
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m35.521s 2.185s 22
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m35.626s 2.290s 20
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m35.680s 2.344s 22
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.804s 2.468s 23
16 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m35.811s 2.475s 24
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m35.912s 2.576s 17
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.063s 2.727s 25
19 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m36.221s 2.885s 21
20 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.705s 3.369s 24



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