Kimi Raikkonen leads Scuderia Ferrari one-two in second Chinese GP practice

CgESECzUEAAhtGDFerrari threw down the gauntlet to chief rivals Mercedes by finishing one-two in Friday afternoon’s second practice session in China, with Kimi Raikkonen leading team mate Sebastian Vettel by 0.109s.

Raikkonen’s table-topping time came forty minutes into the session, after all of the top runners had switched to supersoft tyres.

Morning pacesetter Nico Rosberg could only get within 0.237s of the Finn as he finished third quickest, with team mate Lewis Hamilton fourth fastest in the second Silver Arrow. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo completed the top five, but was a full 1.2s slower than Raikkonen’s benchmark.

After an incident-filled first session, FP2 began with more drama as Esteban Gutierrez – sidelined this morning with an electrical issue – ran into problems as the brakes on his Haas caught fire.

The Mexican limped back to the pits and did not return to the track for the remainder of the session. Even so his tally of four laps was more than Kevin Magnussen could manage; the Dane spending the entire 90 minutes confined to the Renault garage as the team continued to investigate his FP1 tyre failure.

Chinese Grand Prix Second Practice
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:36.896 Leader Leader 35
2 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:37.005 -0.109 -0.109 33
3 6 Nico Roseberg 1:37.113 -0.217 -0.108 33
4 44 Lewis Hamiton 1:37.329 -0.433 -0.216 33
5 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:38.143 -1.247 -0.814 31
6 33 Max Verstappen 1:38.268 -1.372 -0.125 28
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:38.527 -1.631 -0.259 31
8 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:38.542 -1.646 -0.015 32
9 11 Sergio Perez 1:38.569 -1.673 -0.027 31
10 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:38.723 -1.827 -0.154 34
11 14 Fernando Alonso 1:38.728 -1.832 -0.005 31
12 22 Jenson Button 1:38.828 -1.932 -0.100 28
13 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:39.178 -2.282 -0.350 31
14 19 Felipe Massa 1:39.214 -2.318 -0.036 34
15 30 Jolyon Palmer 1:39.774 -2.878 -0.560 32
16 8 Romain Grojean 1:39.890 -2.994 -0.116 22
17 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:39.941 -3.045 -0.051 36
18 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:39.979 -3.083 -0.038 35
19 88 Rio Haryanto 1:40.550 -3.654 -0.571 33
20 12 Felipe Nasr 1:41.066 -4.170 -0.516 32
21 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:42.954 -6.058 -1.888 4
22 20 Kevin Magnussen 0:00.000 -1:36.896 -1:42.954 0

 

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