Sebastian Vettel leads wet final Chinese GP practice

CgI5C_jWEAA7O3ISebastian Vettel kept Ferrari on top in a rain-hit final practice session in Shanghai on Saturday morning, though eight drivers – including Mercedes duo Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton – opted not to set a time in the tricky conditions.

Valtteri Bottas – the first driver to venture out on the track, fifteen minutes into the session – was second fastest for Williams, just ahead of Force India’s Sergio Perez and Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz, with Haas’s Esteban Gutierrez completing the top five.

The session began amid heavy rainfall and treacherous conditions, but with around 20 minutes remaining the rain had abated enough to allow drivers to switch from full wets to intermediates, with Vettel quickly moving to the top of the timesheet.

There were several off-track moments throughout the session as drivers struggled to keep control of their machines on the greasy surface, though Haas’s Romain Grosjean was the only spinner.

Chinese Grand Prix Final Practice Results
Pos. Car # Driver Best Time Behind Gap Laps
1 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:57.351 Leader Leader 3
2 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:58.061 -0.710 -0.710 7
3 11 Sergio Perez 1:58.689 -1.338 -0.628 4
4 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:58.800 -1.449 -0.111 9
5 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:59.526 -2.175 -0.726 7
6 30 Jolyon Palmer 1:59.677 -2.326 -0.151 7
7 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:59.761 -2.410 -0.084 9
8 94 Pascal Wehrlein 1:59.964 -2.613 -0.203 8
9 33 Max Verstappen 2:00.150 -2.799 -0.186 6
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg 2:00.158 -2.807 -0.008 4
11 12 Felipe Nasr 2:00.197 -2.846 -0.039 8
12 7 Kimi Raikkonen 2:00.812 -3.461 -0.615 5
13 19 Felipe Massa 2:02.438 -5.087 -1.626 4
14 88 Rio Haryanto 2:02.732 -5.381 -0.294 5
15 22 Jenson Button 0:00.000 -1:57.351 -2:02.732 3
16 14 Fernando Alonso 0:00.000 -1:57.351 0.000 3
17 8 Romain Grojean 0:00.000 -1:57.351 0.000 3
18 26 Daniil Kvyat 0:00.000 -1:57.351 0.000 4
19 6 Nico Roseberg 0:00.000 -1:57.351 0.000 2
20 3 Daniel Ricciardo 0:00.000 -1:57.351 0.000 3
21 44 Lewis Hamiton 0:00.000 -1:57.351 0.000 2
22 9 Marcus Ericsson 0:00.000 -1:57.351 0.000 1

 

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