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17 Apr 09:19 Lap 42 Raikkonen about to overtake Perez. While Sainz makes it stick against Button.
17 Apr 09:09

Fernando in action. #McLarenHonda #F1 #ChineseGP #FernandoAlonso

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17 Apr 09:07 Lap 35 Vettel told to push hard on the radio.
17 Apr 09:02 Lap 30 Top 10 so far: 1 Rosberg; 2 Kvyat; 3 Vettel; 4 Massa; 5 Bottas; 6 Ricciardo; 7 Sainz; 8 Raikkonen; 9 Hamilton; 10 Verstappen.
17 Apr 08:46 Lap 22 Hamilton opts for another pair of softs.
16 Apr 10:28 Camera on Vettel. He does a slow lap and goes 4th! Raikkonen goes third and surprise of the day Ricciardo in 2nd!
16 Apr 10:19

True #racing fans!! #seb5 #alo14 #ros6 #jb22 #thestig #ChineseGP #TSN ???? #formula1 #f1

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16 Apr 10:15  Perez leads the final qualifying round on supersofts.
16 Apr 10:09

The session will not be restarted! Hulkenberg did it to #Q3 #SaharaForceIndia #ForceIndia #NicoHulkenberg #F1 #formula1 #ChineseGP

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16 Apr 10:05 Top 10 going into Q3 are: 1 Raikkonen; 2 Vettel; 3 Rosberg; 4 Ricciardo; 5 Bottas; 6 Kvyat; 7 Perez; 8 Sainz; 9 Verstappen; 10 Hulkenberg
16 Apr 10:03 RED FLAG AGAIN! Hulkenberg this time. His front wheel popped out of his car.
16 Apr 09:59

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16 Apr 09:53 Nasr leads the session with a flying lap...
16 Apr 09:52 Waiting for Q2 to begin...
16 Apr 09:50 After an exciting end, with the minnows battling it out to avoid elimination, the casualties are: 17 Magnussen, 18 Gutierrez, 19 Palmer, 20 Haryanto, 21 Wehrlein, 22 Hamilton.
16 Apr 09:44
16 Apr 09:42 Hamilton eliminated in Q1!
16 Apr 09:38 Raikkonen goes fastest with a 1:37.347 and Bottas slots in just behind him with 1:37.537. Only for Vettel to pip them both a time of 1:37.001!
16 Apr 09:30 Gutierrez begins his flying lap!
16 Apr 09:19 Debris being cleaned off the track. Massa also suggests that DRS be scrapped on the straight.
Lap 56 Final placings: 1 Rosberg; 2 Vettel; 3 Kvyat; 4 Ricciardo; 5 Raikkonen; 6 Massa; 7 Hamilton; 8 Verstappen; 9 Sainz; 10 Bottas 11 Perez; 12 Alonso; 13 Button; 14 Gutierrez; 15 Hulkenberg; 16 Ericsson; 17 Magnussen; 18 Wehrlein; 19 Grosjean; 20 Nasr; 21 Haryanto; 22 Palmer.
Lap 56 Vettel claims 2nd! Kvyat gets P3!
FINAL LAP Nico Rosberg wins the Chinese Grand Prix! That's 3/3 in 2016 for the German.
Lap 56 Sainz is kept at bay by the stubbornness of Bottas.
Lap 55 Vettel looks comfortable in P2 and likewise for Kvyat in P3.
Lap 54 Rosberg now leading the GP by 36secs, two laps to go.
Lap 53 Alonso and Button battling it out for P12.
Lap 51 Rosberg comfortably in the lead. Looks likely to make it his sixth GP victory in a row.
Lap 50 Hamilton closing in on Massa. Can the Williams driver hold him in P7
Lap 49 Teammates Sainz and Verstappen are set to battle it out for P10.
Lap 48 Raikkonen takes Massa for P5, 8 laps to go.
Lap 47 Jenson Button just set fastest lap.
Lap 46 Hamilton takes Raikkonen. The Finn is in hot pursuit though, and recovers his position.
Lap 46 Grosjean running in P20.
Lap 45 Kvyat closing down the gap on Vettel.
Lap 44 Raikkonen takes Bottas for P7.
Lap 43 Ricciardo completes the move against Massa.
Lap 42 RIcciardo trying eat to Massa but the Brazilian keeps him at bay.
Lap 42 Raikkonen about to overtake Perez. While Sainz makes it stick against Button.
Lap 41 RIcciardo eases passed Bottas.
Lap 40 Hamilton beats Bottas on the inside and claims P5.
Lap 40 Massa, Bottas an Hamilton all take Verstappen, the Dutch rookie retreats into the pits.
Lap 39 Rosberg just put the fastest lap on mediums. Amazing.
Lap 38 Raikkonen given words of confidence from his team.
Lap 38 Ricciardo into the pits now.
Lap 37 Vettel expectedly takes Kvyat for P2. Interesting race ahead on who can conserve their tyres better.
Lap 36 Rosberg into the pits and puts on mediums. Will keep his P1.
Lap 36 Kvyat and Vettel pits together, but Kvyat puts on mediums and Vettel onto the softs. 20 laps to go!
Lap 35 After all the chaos that ensued, no retirements have occurred as of yet.
Lap 35 Hamilton goes passed Perez and claims P9.
Lap 35 Vettel told to push hard on the radio.
Lap 34 Ricciardo running in P4.
Lap 34 Raikkonen in P6 and has Sainz in his sights for P5.
Lap 33 Hamilton running in P12 now.
Lap 32 Vettel seems to be catching up to Kvyat though.
Lap 32 Vettel's soft tyres are two laps older than Kvyat.
Lap 31 Hamilton pits and puts on mediums. Long stint expected now for the Brit.
Lap 30 Hamilton confirms on the radio that he is indeed pushing hard.
Lap 30 Top 10 so far: 1 Rosberg; 2 Kvyat; 3 Vettel; 4 Massa; 5 Bottas; 6 Ricciardo; 7 Sainz; 8 Raikkonen; 9 Hamilton; 10 Verstappen.
Lap 29 And overtake McLaren day continues as Alonso gets eaten by Verstappen.
Lap 29 Ricciardo goes passed Perez into 6th.
Lap 28 Hamilton hounding Raikkonen now. Looking for a way passed the Finn.
Lap 27 Stats say Rosberg is lapping everyone by 2secs every lap.
Lap 27 Hulkenberg back in the pits.
Lap 26 Rosberg extends his lead on Kvyat to 17secs. Vettel behind Rosberg by 19secs.
Lap 26 Raikkonen on Mediums while Hamilton is behind him on used softs.
Lap 25 Perez and Massa hunting Button down in P4.
Lap 24 Raikkonen now in10th after easing passed Swedish driver Ericsson.
Lap 24 Hamilton running 12h and ripping up all in his way.
Lap 24 Intense battle between Ricciardo and Sainz, but the Australian overtakes him before turn 1.
Lap 23 Rosberg just fastest lap.
Lap 22 Hamilton opts for another pair of softs.
Lap 22 Sainz and RIcciardo munch Alonso on the straight. Sainz in P9 now.
Lap 21 Rosberg into the pits and still remains in P1.
Lap 21 Kvyat takes Button on straight.
Lap 20 Smooth pitstop for Kvyat and comes out infront of Vettel. Kvyat keeps him at bay as they both pass Verstappen. Kvyat running in P6.
Lap 20 Verstappen's next victim is Button as he hounds him down.
Lap 19 Rosberg is yet to make a stop and has a 12 second lead.
Lap 18 Verstappen makes use of Hulkenberg's lock up on the corner goes passed him into P10.
Lap 18 Hamilton running in P8 behind Ricciardo now.
Lap 17 Vettel lines up Massa but retreats to the pits and puts on softs for his next stint.
Lap 17 Alonso pits and puts on the mediums.
Lap 17 Bottas utilizes McLarens' slow speed on the straight and passes Alonso.
Lap 17 Vettel had an incident affecting his wing again.
Lap 16 Rosberg looks super comfortable in front with an 9sec lead
Lap 15 Fairly messy race so far. A lot of accidents happened and almost happened.
Lap 15 Kimi in the pits now.
Lap 14 Alonso gave Vettel the overtake but the German was aware of the comeback and defends.
Lap 14 Vettel cutting up the cars in front of him and is running in P5 after overtaking Perez.
Lap 13 Hamilton driving bravely through the traffic in the middle of the grid!
Lap 13 Sainz sets up a ballsy attack on Gutierrez and passes him on the inside.
Lap 12 Kvyat makes it stick against Massa for P2! Rosberg lined up next for the Russian.
Lap 12 Perez whizzes passed Wehrlein into fifth!
Lap 11 Rosberg ahead of Massa by 5 seconds.
Lap 11 Amazing racing! Bottas is keeping Vettel at bay after numerous attacks. How long can he keep it up for?
Lap 11 Ricciardo passes Hulkenberg and Palmer in one corner.
Lap 10 Hamilton takes Raikkonen with ease for P13.
Lap 10 Raikkonen is booking it as he is already in P13!
Lap 9 Alonso lining up Massa for the overtake.
Lap 9 Vettel running in 14th and very aggressively.
Lap 9 Kvyat absolutely nails Gutierrez on the corner and eases passed him.
Lap 9 Rosberg pulls away! Gets a nice a lead.
Lap 8 Safety car going back in, race to commence on lap 9!
Lap 8 Wehrlein running in fourth, still hasn't pitted though.
Lap 8 Safety car still on the track at the moment.
Lap 7 Hamilton in the pits again! Clever move by Mercedes to get the supersofts out the way.
Lap 6 Alonso running in third! Surely a top 10 finish?
Lap 6 Hamilton back in the pits.
Lap 6 Replays show Vettel was sandwiched between Kvyat and Kimi during the start of the race which caused him to crash into his teammate.
Lap 5 Cars making their pit stops while the safety car is deployed.
Lap 5 Front 10 so far: 1 Rosberg; 2 Kvyat; 3 Perez; 4 Hulkenberg; 5 Sainz; 6 Vettel; 7 Button; 8 Bottas; 9 Massa; 10 Verstappen
Lap 4 Safety car out on the track for the debris!
Lap 4 Hamilton just set fastest lap, a sign of intent from the World Champion.
Lap 4 Kvyat now in P2, Perez in P3 and Hulkenberg in P4!
Lap 3 Rosberg running in second but goes first after Ricciardo's suffers a rear tyre puncture!
Lap 3 Despite the wing damage, Vettel takes Massa and is now running in P7.
Lap 3 Grosjean and Nasr in the pits, suspected damage.
Lap 2 Raikkonen and Hamilton both in the pits getting their wings repaired.
Lap 2 Kvyat impressively running in third!
Lap 1 Vettel admits hitting Raikkonen, but says he had no option. Vettel down in P9. The Finn is wingless and limping back to the pits.
START GREEN LIGHT! Ricciardo pips Rosberg! Raikkonen crashes out! Hamilton off the track, his wing stuck under his car!
14:05 Drivers lined up now on the grid. Here we go!
14:02 Hopefully no incident this time around.
14:01 Formation lap underway!
14:00 Three teams in the top three. Mercedes, Red Bull and Ferrari.
13:57 Teams conducting tests and last minute preparations now.
13:53 Crowd around the Shanghai track looked pumped!
13:52 Teams and drivers wandering around the track as they get ready to get in their car.
13:50 Chinese National Anthem being sung.
13:50 Can Romain Grosjean, who is starting in P14, put in another impressive performance and receive the Driver of the Day for a third time in a row?
13:45 No rain expected in Shanghai.
13:45 Interestingly to see if Wehrlein and Hamilton will be battling it out at the back.
13:40 Daniel Ricciardo also hopes that he will be able to pip Rosberg on the first corner.
13:35 Rosberg will be starting on soft tyres, compared to Ricciardo or Raikkonen, who will be running on supersofts.
13:30 McLaren driver Fernando Alonso says: "Points should be the target for us." He also revealed that he is still suffering "a little bit of pain over the bumps."
13:25 Ferrari have the most constructor wins at the Chinese Grand Prix, with four.
13:20 Of the current drivers, Hamilton has won the most the Chinese Grands Prix. Notching up four in total.
13:15 Nico Rosberg starts in pole-position, Daniel Ricciardo behind, Kimi Raikkonen in third and Sebastian Vettel in fourth.
13:10 Despite qualifying in P10, Nico Hulkenberg got with a three-place grid penalty after his wheel came off his car.
13:05 Just a reminder, World Champion Lewis Hamilton will start at the back of the grid. Even without his engine failure the Brit would still have suffered a five-place grid penalty.
13:00 It's race day! Welcome to the Shanghai International Circuit! We're an underway in one hours time.
16:30 Top 10 in Q3: 1 Rosberg; 2 Ricciardo; 3 Raikkonen; 4 Vettel; 5 Bottas; 6 Kvyat; 7 Perez; 8 Sainz; 9 Verstappen; 10 Hulkenberg.
16:28 Camera on Vettel. He does a slow lap and goes 4th! Raikkonen goes third and surprise of the day Ricciardo in 2nd!
16:27 Both Ferrari's on the track now.
16:26 Rosberg take provisional pole!!
16:25 Less than a minute left and teams pushing hard to place well ahead of Sunday's Grand Prix.
16:24 Everyone back out now for their final lap, still no sign of Vettel.
16:22 Everyone in the pits now.
16:21 Raikkonen goes fastest with 1:35.972! Vettel yet to set a time yet.
16:20 Sainz slots into P2 with 1:37.070. only to be pipped by Ricciardo with 1:36.423.
16:19 Two Ferrari's on the track fighting for pole with the lonely Merc.
16:18 Rosberg puts in a 1:36.111!
16:16 Rosberg out on the track already, His flying lap begins!
16:15 Perez leads the final qualifying round on supersofts.
16:15 Green light and we're underway!
16:07 Alonso wasn't impressed by the red flag. Perhaps he felt he could've done more.
16:06 Top 10 going into Q3 are: 1 Raikkonen; 2 Vettel; 3 Rosberg; 4 Ricciardo; 5 Bottas; 6 Kvyat; 7 Perez; 8 Sainz; 9 Verstappen; 10 Hulkenberg
16:05 With only 1m17s left on the clock, there is no time for any of the drivers to set a time so the session is over. Eliminated are: 11 Massa; 12 Alonso; 13 Button; 14 Grosjean; 15 Ericsson; 16 Nasr.
16:04 RED FLAG AGAIN! Hulkenberg this time. His front wheel popped out of his car.
16:03 Under 2 minutes left on the clock, Alonso, Button, Massa, Grosjean, Ericsson and Nasr in the drop zone.
16:02 Rosberg the only car so far to set a time on the soft tyres.
16:00 Raikkonen goes fastest! Vettel slots into second with a time of 1:36.183.
16:00 Raikkonen begins his hot lap, goes fastest after the first sector.
16:00 The two Red Bulls now in second and third behind Rosberg. Ferrari's yet to set a time. 6 minutes left on the clock.
15:58 Verstappen goes third on supersofts with 1:37.265.
15:57 Rosberg goes fastest with 1:36.240! compared to Perez on the supersofts with 1:37.149.
15:56 Rosberg on the circuit with only soft tyres. Interesting
15:55 Sets the first time of 1:42.430.
15:53 Nasr begins his flying lap!
15:51 Nasr leads the session so far. No one else on the track so far.
15:50 Green light is on!
15:47 Q2 will get underway in just a couple minutes, sit tight!
15:42 After an exciting end, with the minnows battling it out to avoid elimination, the casualties are: 17 Magnussen, 18 Gutierrez, 19 Palmer, 20 Haryanto, 21 Wehrlein, 22 Hamilton.
15:41 Hamilton eliminated in Q1!
15:40 Hamilton told to sit tight without setting a time. 2 minutes left on the clock.
15:38 Raikkonen goes fastest with a 1:37.347 and Bottas slots in just behind him with 1:37.537. Only for Vettel to pip them both a time of 1:37.001!
15:37 Hamilton heads out, seems Mercedes have sorted out the problem.
15:36 Raikkonen on the circuit now, running on supersofts.
15:35 Rosberg goes fastest with 1:37.669.
15:33 Rosberg on the track now, and pushing hard.
15:32 Camera on Alonso now, he puts in a time of 1:38.451, while his teammate Button goes top with a 1:38.324.
15:30 The Mexican Haas driver sets the first time of 1:40.262.
15:30 Gutierrez begins his flying lap!
15:30 Jenson Button on circuit now as well.
15:28 Gutierrez leads the restart.
15:27 Green light is on again! Cars following Manor with the supersoft compounds.
15:25 Teams look to be getting restless around the pits. Eager to get going again.
15:21 Safety control on the track clearing puddles around the area Wehrlein slid off.
15:20 Gene Haas and Gunther Steiner look to be in buoyant mood.
15:17 Stoffel Vandoorne of McLaren seen in the technical box watching eagerly, could we see him next year as a regular?
15:15 Debris being cleaned off the track. Massa also suggests that DRS be scrapped on the straight.
15:12 No lap times set yet with !4m 38s left on the clock. Red flag also means that the clock stops unlike the practice sessions.
15:10 Before the drama of Wehrlein, Hamilton reported an issue with his power unit. Mercedes now checking into it while the red flag is waved.
15:07 Wehrlein the first car to be eliminated.
15:06 It seems the young Manor driver hit a puddle and slid into the barrier sideways.
15:05 Crash! Pascal runs his car straight into the wall! Red flag being waved.
15:05 Haryanto and Wehrlein, interestingly, is on the track with supersofts.
15:05 Hamilton confirms on the radio that the track is dry, so far.
15:05 And we're underway as most cars come out with on intermediate tyres!
15:00 Plenty of buzz around the track as teams prepare their cars for the first qualifying round,
14:55 30% chance of rain expected during qualifiers.
14:50 Can Lewis Hamilton claim his third pole position in a row? Keep in mind though, he does have a five-place grid penalty.
14:45 The sun appears to be sneaking out the clouds as we approach the qualifying rounds of the Chinese Grand Prix.
14:40 With the Mercedes drivers not posting a time during FP3, Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel posted the fastest lap time with a 1:57.351 on a wet track.
14:38 The rain is staying away from now after a very wet FP3. It came down hard in the morning, stopped about halfway through final practice, and the track is now dry. It isn't expected to stay that way as more rain is forecast for later.
14:36 The irony, though, is that with rain around the Shanghai circuit today's qualifying could yield the mixed up grid that Bernie Ecclestone and co had hoped to achieve through the much-criticised elimination format.
14:30 Welcome back to the Shanghai circuit for the qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix. Formula 1 has reverted to the 2015 format of three segments with drivers dropping out after each. So six drivers will fall by the wayside after this session.
13:02 Join us in two hours for a wet qualifying. Cheers!
13:01 So Vettel finishes quickest of all ahead of Bottas and Perez, however, only 14 drivers set times.
13:00 The chequered flag is out as Ericsson did venture out for a single installation lap.
12:59 A moment for Wehrlein as he pushes right off the track.
12:56 Sainz continues to lap on the full wets as Toro Rosso are clearly saving their inters for qualifying. He moves up to fourth, 1.4s down.
12:55 Gutierrez jumps up to fourth place in the Haas while Magnussen has gone P5 for Renault.
12:51 Bottas is up to second ahead of Perez, Sainz and Wehrlein. So far, though, just 13 times on the board.
12:48 Raikkonen was on course to make it a Ferrari 1-2 as he was up on Vettel's time but traffic in the form of Nasr, who was recovering from an off, cost him so he pitted.
12:45 More rain coming down in the pitlane.
12:44 "Box now, we have lost telemetry," is the message from Haas to Grosjean.
12:41 Vettel reports "a couple of times now we have had issues getting stuck in first gear." He does a 1:57.351 to hit the front by 2.5s over Sainz.
12:40 Sainz hits the front on the wet tyres, a 1:59.865 for the Toro Rosso driver.
12:38 Conditions are improving resulting in a few drivers, including Vettel, swapping to the intermediate tyres.
12:35 Nasr reports a "strange" sound from his Sauber's engine while Ericsson's C35 is in pieces as Sauber work on a hydraulic problem. Ericsson will not be out this session.
12:34 We have a Renault in the pits with a puncture, it is Palmer and it is a right rear puncture. Moments later Magnussen had a major off-track moment, taking to the gravel and escape path.
12:32 A 2:02.4 for Massa puts him 1.6s down and a 2:01.2 for Bottas.
12:30 And we have a time, a 2:00.812 for Raikkonen.
12:29 Vettel, Ericsson, Verstappen and Sainz are now the only drivers who have not put in a lap this session.
12:26 Nope, it is two laps and back into the pits for Kvyat. Well at least we have the Mercedes pairing out on track now. Rosberg practices a start on his way out and Hamilton does the same.
12:23 Kvyat has gone onto a second lap, the first driver to do so today.
12:22 So far we've just had drivers head out for one lap then head back in but will this new group up the ante. Grosjean has a moment, spinning at Turn 10.
12:20 It is a sentiment echoed by Ferrari who report "no more heavy rain expected for the rest of FP3."
12:19 Alonso follows Button out and he is told the "radar looks clear for the moment" so no more new rain coming down, at least for now.
12:17 Bottas pits after just one lap and Palmer now joins Massa on the track. Magnussen and Button join the fray.
12:16 Massa has joined his team-mate out on track while Ricciardo is glued to the TV watching Bottas' lap to get an idea of the conditions. There is a lot of standing water out there.
12:14 Out goes Bottas, the first driver to brave the conditions. He heads to the end of pitlane to practice a start and out he goes on the full wet tyres.
12:13 And that is the sound of engines being fired up! Conditions have improved slightly in the pitlane, cars are being fired up and drivers are climbing it. Hopefully we'll have a few laps shortly.
12:09 We have moment at Williams as Massa climbs into his car. Yip, that is a highlight right about now that's how quiet it is.
12:07 Alonso is in his McLaren but it is definitely no going anywhere soon. Wheels are off, monitor is on and he's just chilling in the car.
12:06 In case you were not aware of the rain, duh, there is a lovely marshal holding up a sign saying "wet race." Yip, we kind of got that one ourselves!
12:02 At this moment it does not look as if anyone plans to head out in the next few minutes. There is a lot of standing water in the pitlane so the drivers will all be waiting for someone else to take the first voyage out.
12:00 The track is green and FP3 is underway.
11:55 Five minutes to the start and the rain is still falling.
11:48 Ironic that on the weekend we return to the old 2015 qualifying format we may yet have the mixed grid that the elimination style system was expected to deliver.
11:44 The rain is expected to come down throughout the day so, while in the past we've had quiet wet sessions, this one is likely to see a lot of action as the drivers have to adjust to the conditions ahead of qualifying.
11:37 As Manor have put it: "Filthy weather here in Shanghai this morning. The track will be pretty wet for the start of FP3."
11:34 Friday's running belonged to Ferrari with Kimi Raikkonen quickest ahead of Sebastian Vettel while the two Mercedes of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton were next in line. It was a great start to the weekend for the Scuderia but it could all change today as the rain has arrived.
11:30 Welcome back to the Shanghai circuit for Saturday's third and final practice hour.
15:33 Lots to talk about today, hopefully we get some more entertainment tomorrow, Cheers!
15:32 That concludes practice session 2! Raikkonen setting the pace this time, followed by Vettel in second and Rosberg in third.
15:31 Teams flock into the pits as the practice session comes to a close.
15:30 Raikkonen buring tyres on the supersofts as he tries to conserve them as long as possible.
15:26 Button steps out of his car. Looks done for the day.
15:24 Grosjean and the Haas team exchange words about the power unit on the team radio. The Frenchman not very happy.
15:21 Likely that Raikkonen will finish off Friday's proceedings as fastest as teams now just gathering data on how many laps different compounds will last.
15:20 Ericsson's session looks to be done following his gearbox problem.
15:19 Hamilton gathering on mediums with 14 laps being done on this stint.
15:17 15 minutes to go in FP2!
15:15 Haryanto running on his 12th lap on soft tyres, doing times between 1:44's and 1:47s.
15:13 Kvyat struggling for speed on the track with supersofts, lapping in the 1:44s and 1:45s.
15:12 Everyone out on the track expect Magnussen and Gutierrez.
15:11 Vettel and Raikkonen back out on the circuit with supersofts.
15:10 On the used supersofts, Grosjean sets a time in the 1:45s.
15:09 Gutierrez's session looks to be over as he looks unlikely to return to the track after his rear tyres caught alight during the early stages of FP1
15:08 Ericsson tells his Sauber team on the radio that his gears aren't syncing.
15:06 Massa also looking to gather data on the supersofts now.
15:04 Whlie Rosberg runs on his used soft tyres, Hamilton is out the track on his used mediums.
15:02 Rosberg swaps his supersofts for a pair of softs but has dropped down to P3 on the lap time table.
15:01 Button out and about on the supersofts hoping to show off the Honda-powered McLaren.
15:00 Palmer does a 1:39.774 on the mediums.
14:57 Vettel steps out of his car but still keeps his helmet on.
14:55 Drivers also doing their practice starts as they get ready for Sunday.
14:53 Manor has still clocked in the fastest time on the speed trap with 330km/h.
14:51 The 'Ice-man' puts in a quick time of 1:36.896! Fastest lap of FP2!
14:50 Raikkonen puts on the supersofts and pushing hard!
14:49 Plenty of German flags being waved in the Shanghai stands by the crowd.
14:47 Raikkonen joins his teammate out on the track, but only on the soft compound.
14:44 Vettel out now on the supersofts. In a a very impressive lap, the German Ferrari driver goes fastest with a 1:37.005!
14:41 Currently, the only cars on the track are Hulkenberg, Bottas, Alonso, Button, Kvyat, Perez, Palmer and Wehrlein.
14:38 The Mercedes are just over second faster than Ricciardo's Red bull, who is third fastest so far with a time of 1:38.143.
14:37 Ricciardo joins the party on the supersofts.
14:36 Rosberg and Hamilton surrender to the pits after showing off the silver arrow on the supersofts.
14:35 Raikkonen sounds irritated on the team radio about the lack of grip he is getting from his tyres.
14:32 Grosjean and Hamilton join Rosberg on the supersofts.
14:31 Rosberg on the supersofts sets a lap time of 1:37.133. Continues to run in P1.
14:30 Both Magnussen and Gutierrez have no had incidents at every race weekend so far this season. Unfortunate.
14:27 The Shanghai International Circuit looks very tricky as a lot of drivers are slipping and sliding all over the place. Interesting.
14:25 Different from the first session, All the drivers have now set a lap time in FP2 except Magnussen.
14:23 It has also been mentioned that they are expecting a wet track during tomorrow's action.
14:21 Bottas struggling for traction on the mediums.
14:20 Hamilton also slides off Turn 1 but recovers gracefully like it didn't even happen.
14:17 Raikkonen running on used soft tyres and sets a time of 1:41.429.
14:16 Renault driver Jolyon Palmer slides of the corner while his teammate Magnussen watches from the technical box as his car continues to be investigated by the team.
14:15 Rosberg is out now on the track and sets fastest time 1:37.761 while Hamilton is burning medium tyres on the circuit.
14:11 The brakes on the Haas car look red hot!
14:10 Gutierrez told to brake less hard on the corners as smoke comes out of his rear tyres.
14:09 Jenson Button, who is on his second engine of the season, is out on the track now with soft compound tyres.
14:08 Manor driver Wehrlein clocks 329km/h on the speed trap!
14:07 Wehrlein, Raikkonen and Ericsson all out on the track now as well.
14:06 Grosjean sets a time of 1:40.908 on softs.
14:05 Grosjean's teammate Esteban Gutierrez also out on the track hoping to put in his first lap time.
14:02 Green light! FP2 underway in Shanghai as Romain Grosjean takes the lead going out first.
14:00 Drivers getting into their cars before the session gets underway. Calm atmosphere in Shanghai.
13:50 Teams will be looking gain some valuable data ahead of tomorrow's qualifiers, which has been reverted to the 2015 format.
13:30 Magnussen, Massa and Gutierrez have all yet to set lap times going in the second practice session.
13:10 Behind Rosberg in P1 is second fastest Lewis Hamilton and third fastest Sebastian Vettel.
13:05 Recap of the action in FP1: Nico Rosberg put in a late dash on the soft tyres to claim the P1 at the Shanghai circuit on Friday in a session that was blighted by tyre failures for Felipe Massa and Kevin Magnussen.
13:00 Welcome back to the Shanghai International Circuit! Second practice to get underway in 30 minutes.
11:32 That's it for now. Join us in two hours for the start of FP2 coverage. Cheers.
11:31 Hamilton finishes P2 ahead of Vettel, Ricciardo, Raikkonen and Kvyat.
11:30 The chequered flag is out and Rosberg holds the session's P1 with a 1:38.037. He reports a problem with his W07 and is limping home. Mercedes, though, don't sound too worried.
11:29 Here comes Grosjean, arguably one of the most impressive drivers this season with his back-to-back points. He does a 1:41.3.
11:27 Ricciardo sets his time on used tyres and is just a second off the pace, which earns him an encouraging nod from team boss Christian Horner.
11:26 Raikkonen does a 1:39.1 and Vettel crosses the line with a 1:38.6. That is 0.628s slower than Rosberg's best.
11:25 It is a 1:38.1 for Hamilton but that is pipped by Rosberg's 1:38.037.
11:23 A frantic dash as one by one most of the drivers head out and the majority have opted for the soft tyres so expect lap times to fall.
11:22 We are back underway in China with just eight minutes remaining in FP1.
11:14 The truck is still venturing out the circuit with a massive broom attached to the rear to sweep up any debris that may be out there.
11:10 The track inspection is continuing. This is a huge safety issue so the FIA are taking their time over it.
11:06 Button is told that this is likely a problem for Williams and no one else. His pitwall reckons Massa's failures were down to tyre rub while Magnussen got caught out in the debris.
11:05 The FIA's Jo Bauer is over at the Williams garage getting an explanation on what is going on.
11:02 Bad news over at Haas, as Gutierrez will not be seen this session due to an "electrical issue with the car." He is definitely getting the bulk of Haas' bad luck this season.
10:59 The marshals are again out there with their brooms, clearing the debris from Magnussen's tyre failure.
10:56 And now Magnussen is sans a rear left tyre. He limps back into the pits but that's going to be a damaged car as well. His Renault is scrapping along the ground and there is debris all over the main straight. Red flag.
10:54 And we have another deflated left rear for Massa. Yes, another! "I have the same problem, the same problem," he informs Williams.
10:53 Massa is back out on track - and hoping for a better outcome this time around.
10:52 Haryanto and Palmer are the only two drivers out on track as the rest of the pack waits for them to clean the track of the earlier dust.
10:48 Haryanto jumps up from P18 to P13 using a new set of the medium tyres. A good improvement for the Manor rookie.
10:48 Haryanto jumps up from P18 to P13 using a new set of the medium tyres. A good improvement for the Manor rookie.
10:46 We are still waiting for four drivers; Magnussen, Massa, Palmer and Gutierrez, have yet to set times. Not sure if we will see Massa again this session.
10:44 Williams report that "Investigations with Pirelli Sport show no sign of a puncture so the team will investigate the cause of the blow out." There are some reports that it may have been a tyre rub as some claim to have seen smoke prior to the failure.
10:40 The track falls silent as all 22 drivers are back in the pits..
10:39 Oh we have another spin for Hamilton who reports he keeps locking up into Turn 11.
10:38 Don't be too in awe of McLaren's P4 and P7. Button and Alonso are on the super-softs whereas their rivals are running softs or even mediums.
10:37 Times coming through thick and fast now with Vettel up to third, Hulkenberg going P5 and Bottas P8.
10:36 Alonso makes his mark with a 1:40.5. That has put him P4, nope, P5 as Button is six-tenths quicker.
10:34 Raikkonen comes to complete a hot lap and it is a 1:40.9 for the Ferrari driver, putting him down in fourth place.
10:31 The track has been green-lighted again and Rosberg is immediately out in his W07. He is pipped to the line by Hamilton, Raikkonen and Sainz.
10:29 The clean-up continues as Massa is in the garage, giving Rob Smedley a rather animated breakdown of what happened.
10:25 Red flag! Aside from that piece of debris there is gravel on the track that needs to be swept away.
10:24 Yellow flags are out and so is the Virtual Safety Car as there is a piece of debris in the middle of the track that the marshals need to retrieve.
10:23 Ricciardo makes his mark, going P3 behind the Mercedes. He is 1.8s down on Hamilton's best.
10:22 Back to the timesheets, Hamilton is leading ahead of Rosberg, who is back out on track. Ericsson is third ahead of Haryanto and Wehlein.
10:20 The Williams mechanics are out in the pitlane waiting for their driver. And here he comes. Slowly making his way into the pits.
10:18 Williams report "a spin on track with a blown left rear tyre." A rather scary moment as the tyre just went.
10:17 A big moment for Massa, who has been left with a rear left puncture. "I think something's broken on the car," the Williams driver reports.
10:13 Ericsson, Haryanto and Massa have all taken to the track to begin their morning's work.
10:11 Hamilton has a spin after his hot lap which was followed by a return to the pits.
10:10 Over at Williams the team is reporting that they fitted the new front wing to Bottas car for his second installation lap. "All ok, feels good" is his feedback.
10:07 Straight into the action for Rosberg and Hamilton with the latter going quickest on a 1:38.802.
10:06 McLaren have a quick chat with Alonso regarding his seat fittings. If he is still feeling any pain from his fractured ribs, being strapped into a F1 car taking G-forces will not be at all comfortable.
10:04 New engines this weekend for Sebastian Vettel, who didn't make the start grid in Bahrain, and Jenson Button, who suffered a failure on lap 7 of the Sakhir race.
10:02 Only Alonso, Perez, Palmer and Button have yet to venture out. Take Alonso off that list as there he goes in his MP4-31.
10:01 One by one the drivers head out for their installation laps.
10:00 The pit lane light goes green and we are underway in Shanghai.
09:55 Five minutes to the start of FP1.
09:53 Air temp is 20'C and the track is already up to 33'C. No wind to speak off and no rain either, at least for today - tomorrow could be a different story.
09:49 All eyes are on Nico Rosberg this weekend. The German has won the opening two races of the championship to take a 17-point lead over Hamilton in the title race. Can Rosberg's run continue? Stay tuned to find out!
09:42 The other big news in the build-up to this weekend is that Lewis Hamilton is facing a grid penalty. Mercedes were forced to change his gearbox, which was damaged in Bahrain, with the team saying that Shanghai is the "best" venue to take the hit as overtaking is possible.
09:37 The good news this weekend is that Fernando Alonso is back in the MP4-31, well he is for FP1. The McLaren driver passed the FIA medical checks on Thursday but was told he faces more in the wake of first practice before he is cleared for the rest of the weekend.
09:30 Welcome to the Shanghai International circuit, home of the Chinese Grand Prix, This is round three of the 2016 F1 World Championship and all times are local.
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:41.576 1:38:53.891 2
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:41.479 37.776 3
3 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:42.234 45.936 3
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:41.817 52.688 3
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:43.480 65.872 3
6 Felipe Massa Williams 1:44.176 75.511 2
7 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:43.570 78.230 5
8 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:42.733 79.268 3
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:43.244 84.127 3
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:45.811 86.192 3
11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:44.687 94.283 3
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:43.523 97.253 2
13 Jenson Button McLaren 1:44.883 101.990 3
14 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:42.202 1 LAP 3
15 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:41.450 1 LAP 4
16 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:43.654 1 LAP 2
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 1:42.560 1 LAP 3
18 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:43.517 1 LAP 3
19 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:43.563 1 LAP 4
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:46.444 1 LAP 3
21 Rio Haryanto Manor 1:43.580 1 LAP 3
22 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:43.374 1 LAP 3
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:35.402 - 4
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:35.917 0.515 4
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:35.972 0.570 4
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:36.246 0.844 3
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:36.296 0.894 3
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:36.399 0.997 4
7 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:39.888 2.541 1
7 Sergio Perez Force India 1:36.865 1.463 4
8 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 1:40.247 2.9 1
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:36.881 1.479 4
9 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:38.826 2.586 3
9 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:39.830 3.59 3
9 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:42.430 6.19 3
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:37.194 1.792 4
10 Jenson Button McLaren 1:39.093 2.853 4
10 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:40.742 4.502 3
10 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:38.770 1.423 2
10 Rio Haryanto Manor 1:41.445 3.776 1
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 2
10 Felipe Massa Williams 1:37.347 1.229 2
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:36.118 - 2
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:36.183 0.065 2
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:36.240 0.122 2
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:36.815 0.697 2
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:36.831 0.713 1
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:36.948 0.830 2
7 Sergio Perez Force India 1:37.149 1.031 2
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:37.204 1.086 2
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:37.265 1.147 2
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:37.333 1.215 2
11 Felipe Massa Williams 1:37.347 1.229 2
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:38.826 2.708 3
13 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 0
13 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:39.888 2.887 1
13 Jenson Button McLaren 1:39.093 2.975 4
14 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:39.830 3.712 4
15 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 0
15 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:38.770 1.769 3
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:40.742 4.624 3
16 Rio Haryanto Manor 1:41.445 4.444 1
16 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 1:38.673 1.672 1
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:42.430 6.312 3
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:37.001 - 1
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:37.347 0.346 1
3 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:37.537 0.536 1
4 Jenson Button McLaren 1:37.593 0.592 3
5 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:37.656 0.655 1
6 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:37.669 0.668 1
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:37.672 0.671 1
8 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:37.719 0.718 1
9 Felipe Massa Williams 1:38.016 1.015 1
10 Sergio Perez Force India 1:38.096 1.095 1
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:38.165 1.164 1
12 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:38.181 1.180 1
13 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:38.321 1.320 2
14 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:38.425 1.424 3
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:38.451 1.450 2
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:38.654 1.653 2
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 1:38.673 1.672 2
18 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:38.770 1.769 3
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:39.528 2.527 2
20 Rio Haryanto Manor 1:40.264 3.263 2
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 0
DNS Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:57.351 - 1
2 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:58.061 0.710 3
3 Sergio Perez Force India 1:58.689 1.338 2
4 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:58.800 1.449 2
5 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:59.526 2.175 3
6 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:59.677 2.326 3
7 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 1:59.761 2.410 3
8 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:59.964 2.613 3
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 2:00.150 2.799 1
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 2:00.158 2.807 2
11 Felipe Nasr Sauber 2:00.197 2.846 2
12 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 2:00.812 3.461 2
13 Felipe Massa Williams 2:02.438 5.087 2
14 Rio Haryanto Manor 2:02.732 5.381 2
15 Jenson Button McLaren 2
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren 2
17 Romain Grosjean Haas 3
18 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 2
19 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 2
20 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 2
21 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2
22 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:36.896 - 7
2 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:37.005 0.109 8
3 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:37.133 0.237 6
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:37.329 0.433 7
5 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:38.143 1.247 4
6 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:38.268 1.372 5
7 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:38.527 1.631 5
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:38.542 1.646 6
9 Sergio Perez Force India 1:38.569 1.673 5
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:38.723 1.827 6
11 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:38.728 1.832 7
12 Jenson Button McLaren 1:38.828 1.932 6
13 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:39.178 2.282 7
14 Felipe Massa Williams 1:39.214 2.318 6
15 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:39.774 2.878 4
16 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:39.890 2.994 4
17 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:39.941 3.045 6
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:39.979 3.083 5
19 Rio Haryanto Manor 1:40.550 3.654 5
20 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:41.066 4.170 5
21 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:42.954 6.058 1
22 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 0
Driver Standings
#DriverTeamTimeGapPits
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.037 - 3
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:38.183 0.146 3
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:38.665 0.628 3
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1:39.061 1.024 3
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:39.155 1.118 3
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull 1:39.625 1.588 5
7 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:39.676 1.639 3
8 Jenson Button McLaren 1:39.974 1.937 3
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 1:40.169 2.132 3
10 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:40.232 2.195 3
11 Sergio Perez Force India 1:40.347 2.310 3
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren 1:40.538 2.501 3
13 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:40.828 2.791 3
14 Romain Grosjean Haas 1:41.358 3.321 4
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1:41.393 3.356 3
16 Rio Haryanto Manor 1:41.614 3.577 2
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault Sport 1:41.816 3.779 5
18 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:42.908 4.871 2
19 Felipe Nasr Sauber 1:42.980 4.943 5
20 Kevin Magnussen Renault Sport 4
21 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1
22 Felipe Massa Williams 3
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