NOTEBOOK – Chinese Practice

This Grand Prix

Ferrari and Mercedes look quite evenly matched on one lap pace after todays practice sessions with Nico Rosberg taking the first session where he was .15 of a second faster than his team-mate in P1. But in the second session Ferrari were ahead of Mercedes by .2 of a second on track.

However, we as always don’t always know the fuel loads on both their cars and they could have been taking different approaches to each of the sessions. We also know Mercedes were having some problems with Nico Rosberg’s power unit and Hamilton had a few errors in P1.

If Ferrari’s form does follow through they could potentially get a win as we know Hamilton will not start higher than fifth for a gear box change. History tells us there can be a surprise at this race.

Vettel said “Friday is not so important in terms of position but in terms of feeling. We had a decent day and the feeling with the car was ok, but we can still improve, especially the balance.”

Incidents & problems galore

There were few problems for teams Williams were the first after a tyre came off Felipe Massa’s car. Followed by the one for Renault’s Kevin Magnussen but these were related to Pirelli as there problems.

Paul Hembery says “regarding the deflations in FP1, as acknowledged by the teams themselves, none of these issues were related to the tyre. During FP2 and we experienced a considerable degree of track evolution.”

Magnessen’s issue in FP2 was caused by a suspension failure which punched his tyres.

Haas also had problems on track in FP2 after missing FP1 Esteban Gutierrez after a break fire. These things are unavoidable but you know they will happen.

Alonso returns

Fernando Alonso has been given the all clear to race after he reported no physical discomfort. He suffered broken ribs in his high-speed crash at the season-opening Australian Grand Prix.

Alonso his “pain is manageable and there is no other risk to be in the car.” The governing body the FIA said Alonso had been told to “stop his car immediately in case of any abnormal symptoms”.

Qualifying preview

Based on today’s performance Mercedes may have to fight for pole with Ferrari but be cautious we seen Mercedes turn up there car in P3. They know Hamilton has a penalty so I would expect that Rosberg will be on pole from Vettel.



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