Publicado: Sáb, Abril 14, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Hamilton, Mercedes bring their 'A game' for quick Chinese GP fightback

Hamilton, Mercedes bring their 'A game' for quick Chinese GP fightback

However, it was heartbreak in Shanghai in 2007 which Hamilton really credits for shaping him into the competitor he is today, where retirement in the penultimate race of the season saw the Brit miss out on the drivers' world title by one point to Räikkönen.

Verstappen finished second practice just over three-tenths adrift of Lewis Hamilton and Kimi Raikkonen, with the pair split by just 0.007s at the top of the timing sheets.

Lewis Hamilton laid down a marker ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix by soaring to the top of the order in opening practice.

As he plays catch up to Ferrari and Sebastian Vettel, Lewis Hamilton says he isn't anxious, but he has told his Mercedes team that a win in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix is imperative.

The lap-times in the second session were a lot closer, however, after Hamilton went comfortably fastest in the morning, raising hopes for a closely-fought race, with Red Bull also showing flashes of speed.

The Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen were fourth and fifth quickest, the Dutchman setting his time just 0.131secs off the Australian despite tyres damaged in a spin and trip through the gravel trap at the last corner.

The two practice sessions were affected by windy, overcast weather along with intermittent drizzles, although no rain is forecast for the rest of the weekend.

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Fernando Alonso was 12th fastest for McLaren on the ultrasoft tyre, over two seconds off the lead time of the session but just ahead of the Force Indias whose early season struggles look to have carried through to China.

"We got through all the laps that we needed". "By the end of the day the pace was looking good and I think we can be happy with the car's performance, it's always good to finish a day's running with no major problems and we don't look too far off".

"The balance of the vehicle is good but we have some fine-tuning to do on it tonight".

"Ferrari are still quite quick".

"But it means that we really need to bring our A game".

One of the most popular assumptions since the start of last season is that Ferrari's vehicle appears to deal better with higher temperatures, but cool temperatures are more suited to Mercedes. The auto, even though it was quick, it wasn't easy to drive at all. "Hopefully [we can make] another step for tomorrow".

But he also started slowly last season, retiring in seven of the first 14 races. Sky Sports F1 will show live coverage from Shanghai.

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