Kimi Raikkonen leads Ferrari one-two in Chinese GP Friday practice

Kimi Raikkonen spearheaded a Ferrari one-two in second practice for Formula 1's Chinese Grand Prix

Kimi Raikkonen leads Ferrari one-two in Chinese GP Friday practice

The Finn clocked a 1m36.896s on the super-soft tyres to finish one tenth of a second clear of team-mate Sebastian Vettel.

Nico Rosberg, who set the pace in first practice, was third quickest, 0.237s adrift, with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton two tenths further back in fourth.

After a morning session made disjointed by two red flags, second practice at Shanghai proved to be a smoother affair.

Rosberg, who suffered an ignition problem right at the end of practice one, was the first of the frontrunners to bolt on the super-softs and set the early pace but he was subsequently deposed by Vettel before Raikkonen went quickest.

Attention then turned to long runs in preparation for Sunday's race, with Mercedes splitting its strategy by putting Rosberg on the softs and Hamilton on the mediums.

In contrast, Ferrari pair Raikkonen and Vettel ran long stints on the super-softs.

Daniel Ricciardo, whose Red Bull sported a heavy coating of flow-vis paint midway through the session, was best of the rest in fifth ahead of Max Verstappen and Nico Hulkenberg.

Carlos Sainz Jr, Sergio Perez and Valtteri Bottas completed the top 10.

Fernando Alonso, who was cleared to compete in the remainder of the grand prix weekend in between sessions, was 11th quickest, one tenth quicker than McLaren team-mate Jenson Button.

Felipe Massa made up for lost running in practice one, following two tyre failures, with 34 laps, and the 14th fastest time.

Pascal Wehrlein continued to impress, ending the session 17th ahead of both Saubers and his Manor team-mate Rio Haryanto.

It was another frustrating session for Esteban Gutierrez, who suffered electrical problems in first practice and then was confined to the garage for most of second practice after his rear brakes caught fire.

Kevin Magnussen did not take part in the session as Renault continued its investigation into the issues he suffered in the opening session that resulted in a dramatic failure on the left rear of his car.

PRACTICE TWO TIMES

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m36.896s - 35
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m37.005s 0.109s 33
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m37.133s 0.237s 33
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m37.329s 0.433s 33
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m38.143s 1.247s 31
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m38.268s 1.372s 28
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m38.527s 1.631s 31
8 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m38.542s 1.646s 32
9 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m38.569s 1.673s 31
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m38.723s 1.827s 34
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m38.728s 1.832s 31
12 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m38.828s 1.932s 28
13 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1m39.178s 2.282s 31
14 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m39.214s 2.318s 34
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m39.774s 2.878s 32
16 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m39.890s 2.994s 22
17 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m39.941s 3.045s 36
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m39.979s 3.083s 35
19 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m40.550s 3.654s 33
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m41.066s 4.170s 32
21 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m42.954s 6.058s 4


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