Supersoft Pirelli’s see Raikkonen lead Vettel in a Ferrari one-two in second free practice for the Chinese Grand Prix
After the tyre failures in first free practice, Formula One moved on to the supersofts which saw Ferrari leap ahead of Mercedes by two-tenths. Raikkonen’s flying lap drop the benchmark into the 1:36s, as Fernando Alonso was cleared to race in China.
Fernando had been banned from racing in Bahrain by the FIA due to the broken ribs he suffered in Australia. But now, with clearance from the FIA following a post-FP1 check, the Spaniard has moved from provisional clearance to full clearance to race in China. Yet the FIA has also told him that he must “stop his car immediately in case of any abnormal symptoms”.
For FP2, Fernando would go on to edge Jenson in the other McLaren by just on tenth of a second with both lapping in the high 1:38s. Jenson’s early pace saw him top the leaderboard, but nine-tenths off Rosberg’s morning time.
Esteban Gutierrez’s luck in the Haas once again did not show at the start of FP2, with the Mexican’s brakes catching fire early on. This comes after Esteban was forced to sit out the morning session with an electrical glitch.
Speaking of the morning session, Renault felt it best to rest Magnussen as they continued to investigate the cause of his tyre and suspension failure. Palmer however took part in the afternoon’s session with a best time of 1:39.774.
Palmer’s best was some way shy of the pace setting leaders, with Raikkonen lighting up the timesheet with his first flyer on the supersofts. Vettel had already taken the lead over the Mercedes’ who scrapped it out earlier on, but it was Kimi who extracted the most in FP2 to lead the way into the long runs.
Kimi and Lewis’ long runs showed the Mercedes to lap faster in the first few laps of the stint, before the Ferrari clawed time back a few laps in. This could suggest the Mercedes pushes too early but gets better times at first, while the Ferrari may be able to go longer.
|8||Carlos Sainz Jr.||1:38.542|
|22||Kevin Magnussn||No time set|