Lewis Hamilton continued to top the time sheets during second practice ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix. He was ahead of the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo.
Williams’s driver Felipe Massa had a spin after his car snapped sideways at 200mph into the hairpin. The spin damaged his front wing and his tyres which brought out the red flag. Hamilton also had a lock up in the same area but he managed to escape.
Hamilton led his team-mate throughout the long runs and the qualifying simulation runs in the middle of the session. But on the race runs Ferrari looked a lot closer to the Mercedes. Rosberg may have been a lot closer to Hamilton but made a mistake at the final corner of his run on the ‘soft’ tyre.
Both teams then took the same approach in the second part of the session with Hamilton and Vettel initially running the soft tyre and Rosberg and Raikkonen the medium.
Hamilton was able to run half a second a lap or so faster than Vettel on the faster tyre. Raikkonen and Rosberg were very closely matched on the harder one.
Ricciardo also had an encouraging for Red Bull going third fastest and looked competitive on race pace, suggesting Red Bull might have a chance of competing for a podium position. His team-mate Daniil Kvyat, was sixth fastest however he suffered a break issue which caused him to lose all braking hitting the barrier.
Williams’s Valtteri Bottas was seventh fastest, ahead of Sauber’s Felipe Nasr, Lotus’s Romain Grosjean and McLaren’s Jenson Button, whose pace hinted that they were continuing to make progress.
Will Stevens had a tough day managing seven laps before the team discovered a problem with the power unit and he was forced to stop running.