Hamilton Sets Pace In ChinaGP FP1

Lewis Hamilton topped the time sheets at the first practice session in China, comfortably leading Raikkonen. The British driver led the track by three tenths, despite racing on softs to Ferrari’s ultrasofts in Shanghai. Raikkonen managed to stop a Mercedes one-two, pushing Bottas, who was trailing his teammate, to third on the log. Hamilton set […]

Lewis Hamilton topped the time sheets at the first practice session in China, comfortably leading Raikkonen.

The British driver led the track by three tenths, despite racing on softs to Ferrari’s ultrasofts in Shanghai.

Raikkonen managed to stop a Mercedes one-two, pushing Bottas, who was trailing his teammate, to third on the log.

Hamilton set a mid-session bench mark of 1m34.962s. Fernando Alonso jumped to fifth at the restart, just one second off the pace on ultrasofts.

Hulkenberg snatched that spot by two tenths, with his teammate, Sainz rose to third 1m35.616s on softs.

This spurred improvements on the circuit, as Bottas went ahead with 1m34.661s for a brief period.

Hamilton regained the lead, with fresh soft tyres, breaking the 1m34s barrier with a 1m33.999s time.

His next attempt was hindered by a Turn 11 spin, as he ended up facing the other way.

Bottas tried to get behind his teammate, but Raikkonen split the Silver Arrows 1m34.358s, to bump Bottas into third, with Ricciardo behind in fourth and Verstappen occupying fifth.

Sebastian Vettel ended in sixth, half a second behind his teammate.

1 44  Lewis Hamilton Mercedes Mercedes 22 1’33.999

2 7  Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari Ferrari 14 1’34.358 0.359

3 77  Valtteri Bottas Mercedes Mercedes 28 1’34.457 0.458

4 3  Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull TAG 22 1’34.537 0.538

5 33  Max Verstappen Red Bull TAG 22 1’34.668 0.669

6 5  Sebastian Vettel Ferrari Ferrari 18 1’34.861 0.862

7 20  Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 21 1’35.178 1.179

8 55  Carlos Sainz Renault Renault 23 1’35.616 1.617

9 8  Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 21 1’35.718 1.719

10 27  Nico Hulkenberg Renault Renault 18 1’35.800 1.801

11 10  Pierre Gasly Toro Rosso Honda 21 1’36.037 2.038

12 14  Fernando Alonso McLaren Renault 29 1’36.044 2.045

13 11  Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 28 1’36.051 2.052

14 31  Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 32 1’36.351 2.352

15 35  Sergey Sirotkin Williams Mercedes 31 1’36.691 2.692

16 28  Brendon Hartley Toro Rosso Honda 23 1’36.715 2.716

17 16  Charles Leclerc Sauber Ferrari 23 1’36.723 2.724

18 2  Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Renault 25 1’36.756 2.757

19 9  Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 21 1’36.909 2.910

20 18  Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 28 1’37.277 3.278

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