Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen has topped the timesheets for the second practice session at the Chinese Grand Prix, lapping a tenth of a second faster than teammate Sebastian Vettel.
With just under half of the session remaining, Vettel demoted the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg to go fastest, although it didn’t last long, as Raikkonen had just bolted on a new set of super softs and registered his best lap of a 1:36.896, the only driver to dip below the 1:37s.
Rosberg, who spent the session on the soft and supersoft compounds, finished third two-tenths of a second quicker than his teammate Lewis Hamilton, who chose to run the medium tyre along with the super soft.
Daniel Ricciardo completed the top five for Red Bull Racing ahead of Max Verstappen, although he was 1.2 seconds off Raikkonen’s benchmark. His teammate Daniil Kvyat didn’t have the best of sessions, finishing in 13th behind the McLaren pair of Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button.
Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg was 1.6 seconds off the pace in seventh, just 0.015s ahead of Carlos Sainz. Sergio Perez in the sister Force India was ninth while Valtteri Bottas rounded out the top ten 1.8 seconds off Raikkonen’s best.
After a troubled session in FP1 where only two laps were completed, Esteban Gutierrez only managed four laps in FP2 until he experienced a rear brake failure, where his right rear caught fire and ended his session early.
Kevin Magnussen failed to make it out on track as his car was still being prepared after the rear suspension on the Renault failed in FP1. His teammate Jolyon Palmer was 15th and 2.8 seconds off the pace, ahead of Romain Grosjean in the Haas and Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein.
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