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Until Barcelona, thank you and goodbye....
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And that's about it from Shanghai... thanks for joining us at the Chinese Grand Prix and remember to stay tuned to www.crash.net to keep abreast of the news and reaction to the race...
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Team points: Merc 154, RBR 57, Force India 54, Ferrari 53, McLaren 43, etc
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Drivers Points: ROS 79, HAM 75, ALO 41, HUL 36, VET 33, BOT/RIC 24 etc
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HAM: Team is on a roll, we're going to keep pushing, moving forward, developing, working hard - the others are pushing to catch us up
09:58
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ALO: Big contact with MAS, very lucky to finish the race, hopefully next one will be cleaner start
09:57
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ALO: At end of day we're still in the fight
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ALO: (to big cheers) Was a good weekend compared to first three races, being on podium a nice surprise
09:56
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ROS: Great that car held on in contact with BOT
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ROS: Team had no idea what was going on on track, pleased with seocnd and looking forward to normal weekend in Barcelona
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ROS: Not going to use the word 'still' to describe holding points lead
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HAM: I lost a little time after the first stop
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HAM: I can't believe how good the car is
09:43
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Further back, KOB passes BIA on the final lap to claim 17th and a moral victory for Caterham...
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VET is 5th, while HUL holds off BOT by 0.5s, as RAI, PER and a lapped KVY take points
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ROS comes home second, 18.6s behind, while ALO claims 3rd by 1.2s from RIC
09:41
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One turn to go and HAM wins the Chinese GP.....
09:40
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If he makes it around, it will be win number 25 for the Briton, equalling Mercedes director Niki Lauda
09:39
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HAM heads onto his last lap... heading for his first F1 hat-trick
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HAM cruising with 18s lead over ROS, while ALO holding 3.5s advantage over RIC for final podium spot
09:37
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The closest battle inside the top ten is HUL v BOT with 1.7s splitting the two in 6th place scrap
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Australia seems a long time ago for the erstwhile championship leaders....
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Unless something happens in the top ten, it's going to be another scoreless weekend for McLaren, with BUT 11th and MAG 13th...
09:34
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RIC now down to 3.6s behind ALO
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Five laps to go and HAM leads ROS by 14.1s, with ALO, RIC, VET, HUL, BOT, RAI, PER and KVY currently in the points places
09:32
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CHI still on to maintain his run of finishes in F1, and remains between the Caterhams on the road.... backmarker battle currnetly led by team-mate BIA
09:31
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CHI makes a late stop in the Marussia.... no chance of either them or Caterham improving their lot in thebattle for 10th in the constructors' table
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ALO stopped 6 laps before the Red Bull so tyres could drop off before the flag
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RIC told ALO matching his pace, but given go ahead ot keep pushing in case the Ferrari runs into trouble late on
09:29
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Eight laps for RIC to make up 5.3secs deficit to ALO
09:27
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Slow-mo replays show HAM's rear wing vibrating side to side....
09:26
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After a dismal Bahrain GP, it would be a big turnaround to see ALO and Ferrari on the podium
09:26
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RIC, despite having used more fuel, is told he can push in pursuit of ALO and a possible podium
09:25
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ROS however has figures around 80kg... so why can't Mercedes get the same reading?
09:25
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TV shows 'fuel used' figures with BOT showing 0.0kg where the rest are around 79 or 80kg.... confirms lack of telemetry from Williams
09:22
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ROS told 'fuel is fine to the end'.... but we doubt that bhe can challenge for the victory without a safety car
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HAM told to manage his pace lest there be another late-race safety car intervention
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ROS breezes by ALO even before the DRS zone heading into the hairpin... P2 now for the German
09:15
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Still just the two retirements - GRO and SUT
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L40: HAM by 13.8s over ALO, ROS, RIC, VET, HUL, BOT, RAI, PER, KVY, BUT, VER, MAG, MAL, GUT, MAS, KOB, BIA, CHI and ERI
09:14
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The German has set a new fastest lap and is beginning to close once again on ALO
09:13
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ROS again asked for fuel figure, reports 33.5 but tells Mercedes that the requests are becoming annoying!
09:12
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Williams confirms that BOT is, like ROS, running without telemetry - the Finn is currently 7th on the road
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RIC told that his tyres should be good to go to the end....
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The Briton remains on course for a hat-trick of wins unless fate intervenes.... and would cut ROS' points lead to just 3
09:10
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HAM pits for the second time, taking on new mediums and rejoining well ahead of the chasing pack....
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MAL passes GUT gleanly for P14....
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Barring problems, that should keep RIC ahead to the end, the legacy of a longer first stint
09:09
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Crucially for RIC, he is still ahead of VET, depsite the German setting a new fastest lap of the race
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ROS and RIC both pit, losing a place to ALO and rejoining 3rd and 4th respectively
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GUT and MAL running in very close company..... wonder if GUT is sweating a little harder?
09:06
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Keeping VET out longer has given RBR the option of putting him back on a two-stopper
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L35: HAM by 18s from ROS, RIC, ALO, VET, HUL, BOT, RAI, PER, KVY, BUT, VER then the lapped MAG, GUT, MAL, KOB, MAS, BIA, CHI, ERI
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VET makes short work of the 'other' Caterham....
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VET ends the issue by pitting, taking on fresh  mediums and rejoining between the lapped ERI and sixth placed HUL
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KOB told that he now needs to pull away from VET or will continue getting blue flags
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VET complains about being passed by a Caterham, noting that the green machine has fresher tyres....
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More medium tyres for ALO, who rejoins in P5
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ALO pits from P", releasing ROS who had been closing on the Ferrari
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Williams has confirmed that the issue was with the left rear hub, which bore the brunt of the impact with ALO at the start
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MAS pits from P16.... there doesn't appear to have been the same sort of drama for the Brazilian this time around
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ROS told that he can 'push hard to pass ALO' so clearly no fuel worries at Mercedes
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KVY and MAG also pit from P10 and P12
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HUL, BOT and RAI pit from positions 6-8
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PER stops for a second time after briefly running out of road at the hairpin... the Force India was running in the points at the time
08:56
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HAM reporting that his second set of tyres not as good as the first, with graining on left front.... he's now on the mediums after starting on softs
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BUT pits for the second time, and is followed into pit-lane by GRO, who is destined for the Lotus garage and a first DNF of 2014
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KVY now 10th as GRO runs wide out oif the final turn and takes to the gravel.... not looking food for the Lotus
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At half-distance, HAM leads ALO by 12.9s, with the rest running as ROS, RIC, VET, HUL, BOT, RAI, PER, KVY....
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VET told to stay out as it helps the team.....
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GRO told that there is a problem with 4th gear on the Lotus.... sad for the Frenchman as he's currently running in the points
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The Dane completes the move well before T1 and sets his sights on team-mate BUT, some 5secs up the road
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MAG still flying on the softer Pirelli, now attacking GUT in P14
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Delayed radio transmission confirms VET told the RIC is on two-stopper... replies by suggsting team pits him sooner rather than later
08:49
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Did VET yield or did he run wide in attempting to defend deep?
08:48
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RIC dives for the inside at T1, and after initially looking like he'd close the door, VET pulls wide and lets his team-mate through
08:48
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This could end in tears a la Turkey v Webber....
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RIC is going to have to do it for himself this weekend - can he do it? Will he do it?
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VET asks which tyre RIC is on, is told ]Prime but he stopped later' - and replies 'tough luck'
08:46
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For the second race running, VET is told to let his team-mate through.... the pair are both onn the same tyres this week, but slightly different strategies
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DRS gives him another look into turn one, but RIC won't be denied for long, especially on fresher rubber
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RIC thinks about it into the hairpin, but tucks in bhind the #1
08:43
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RIC now closing on his team-mate for P4... will this be another opportunity for the Aussie to make a statement at RBR?
08:43
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The pair continue to run side by side down the straight and it takes until T2 for ROS to finally grab the initiative
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ROS locks up into the hairpin after braking on the marbles, but still manages to make the move for 3rd at the final corner
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Ahead of him, ROS is closing on VET with the aid of DRS....
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RIC told that only the Mercs are faster than him, but he still runs 5th
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KVY told to let STR team-mate VER by, but appears to be resisting
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L20: HAM by 5.4s from ALO, VET, ROS, RIC, HUL, BOT, RAI, GRO, PER, BUT, KVY, VER, GUT, MAG, MAL, KOB, BIA, CHI, MAS, ERI
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MAG on the move, passing KOB and MAL in quick succession, now in P15
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ROS told to relay the 'fuel remaining' figure to his pit wall - and is told that the number is good
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MAG also called to the pits....
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HAM finally pits on lap 17..... it's mediums for the Merc and the leader rejoins still in the lead
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L16: HAM by 31.3s over ALO, VET, ROS, RIC, HUL, BOT, RAI, GRO and MAG
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MAG also hasn't stopped after starting on the mediums, but is beginning to lose track position, first to RAI and then GRO
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HAM meanwhile reporting that his tyres still feel great - the benefit of running in clean air with a 22.3secs lead
08:31
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Will the Aussie have to stop fewer times than those immediately ahead of him hwever?
08:31
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RIC in from P2, it's mediums for the Aussie, who drops back to P5 as ALO, VET and ROS all go through
08:30
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VET told it may be worth backing off to preserve his rubber as the Red Bull struggles to pass ALO's Ferrari
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PER also on the move, passing former team-mate BUT for P14
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KVY and GUT pit for the first time, as RAI passes GRO for P11
08:28
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HAM told RIC the only rival in the same pit window, but the RBR is four-tenths slower per lap than the Mercedes
08:27
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The German rejoins in P7, although neither Toro Rosso has stopped yet
08:27
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ROS told to pit.... not an easy afternoon for the points leader with contact, no telelmetry and now wories about his front wing
08:26
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RIC is told another 2-3 laps before his pit-stop as his tyre wear looks better than VET's
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ALO is now ahead of VET, who had to fend off KVY as he rejoined
08:25
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ROS asks his team to check his front wing..... while VET and BOT both stop for tyres
08:24
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Plenty of new tyres on hand today after Saturday was run on wets throughout
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while further back KOB, MAL and BIA all take turns to stop for new rubber
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ALO and HUL the next to pit....
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Unsurprisingly, MAS is now a long way behind the field...
08:23
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And toi cap it all, the left rear refused to go on.... could that be legacy of his first lap clash with ALO?
08:22
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Looks like Williams had a mixed set ready for MAS, with soft rears and medium fronts....
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MAS and RAI both pit, as does PER.... looks like mediums all round, but its a nightmare stop for MAS....
08:20
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The Frenchman rejoins in 18th place just ahead of CHI, who leads the other early stopper, BUT
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GRO pits for Lotus, also taking on the mediums
08:18
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VET reports bad graining but Red Bull pit wall tells him to live with it as not a good point to pit
08:18
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At the moment this is more Malaysia than Bahrain in terms of excitement, but there is still a long way to go....
08:17
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BUT pits at the end of lap 7 to take on the medium Pirelli - thats earlier than expected but could be good strategy
08:15
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SUT duly pits and is wheeled straight into the garage - not a great race for Sauber as the German posts his third straight DNF
08:14
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ROS still giving no telelmetry data to his team, and is told not to expect to have any throughout the race....
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SUT is some 38secs off the pace however and could be headed for retirement
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L5: HAM by 4.1s over VET, ALO, RIC, ROS, MAS, HUL, BOT, GRO, RAI, KVY, PER, BUT, VER, GUT, MAG, KOB, MAL, BIA, CHI ERI and SUT
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ROS has now got past MAS for P5
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There are a few drivers fortunate that contact didnt lead to a DNF
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RIC was jumped by VET at the start and it was the Aussie's Red Bull that pincered MAS into ALO
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Both Williams made contact at the start - MAS with ALO and BOT with ROS....
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ROS looking for a way past MAS into turn one.... the German is losing valuable time here
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BUT passes VER for P13 at turn two - aggressive from the Mclaren man
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ROS meanwhile also lost ground, currnetly running 6th  while his team-mate opens a 2.4secs lead on lap 2
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while SUT has sunk right to the back of the pack
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Not a good start for McLaren with both BUT and MAG going backwards
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So it was VET in P2 not RIC, apologies.....
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L1: HAM, VET, ALO, RIC, MAS, ROS, HUL, GRO, RAI, BOT, KVY, VER, PER, BUT, GUT, MAG, KOB, MAL, BIA, CHI, ERI, SUT
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There was contact too for MAS and the Brazilian appears to have come off worst
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The Ferrari is looking at P2...
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HAM leads RIC with ALO in third
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MAS already making a move, while VET and ALO make contact
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And we're off....
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Nearly 400m to turn one, can Rosberg make up ground on his team-mate?
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The cars are nearly back on the gtrid, with Hamilton backing the pack up and crawling into his pole slot
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Rosberg told his team has no telemetry and asks for feedback on his start to the formation lap - he reports all is good
08:00
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...and we're off on the formation lap
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It looks like the general concensus is to start on the softer Pirelli, with only Kevin Magnussen appearing to opt for the medium tyre
07:57
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Sorry.... had to get at least one Easter reference in there before we get into the action....
07:56
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Five minutes remaining before we're underway here in China - are we in for another F1 egg-stravaganza?
07:55
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Let's hope that that isn't more bad luck for the Australian, who again heads RBR team-mate Vettel on the grid...
07:54
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Marshals are currently trying to clean the spillage...
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Our man on the grid reports sighting of oil on Ricciardo's slot, around his left rear, but suspects it comes from the previous Porsche race....
07:52
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Pirelli's Paul Hembery says graining will become apparent over first stint as it's 5degs hotter than practice, and reckons 14 laps until the first stops
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Tyres will continue to be the topic of conversation today after nearly everyone suffered graining issues on day one...
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The main grandstand at SIC looks full as the crowd rises for the national anthem
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Cars and drivers are currently forming up on the grid, with 15mins remaining to race start....
07:43
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The Venezuelan has endured a miserable weekend, with two much publicised incidents in practice and then an oil leak ahead of Q1....
07:42
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Grosjean's top ten start also comes in stark contrast to Lotus team-mate Pastor Maldonado, who grids last after failing to set a time in qualifying
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It wasn't a good qualifying for McLaren, which remains embroiled in a row with Red Bull over the services of aero expert Dan Fellows
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Hulkenberg, Vergne and Grosjean complete the top ten, meaning that Raikkonen, Button and Magnussen are conspicuous by their absence
07:40
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Behind the top four, Fernando Alonso starts fifth for Ferrari - also showing a pace improvement - with the Williams pair behind him...
07:39
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The forecast is for it to remain dry too, so the battle for the final podium step may be the one to watch....
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Raceday has dawned dry, even if the wind continues to be blustery, and the temperature is a little up on previously....
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Nevertheless Daniel Ricciardo did another good job to claim P2 in qualifying, even if the team feels the wet weather helped the RB10
07:37
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Christian Horner seems confident but when we asked him if Red Bull are in good shape he said: "Well, not compared to the Mercedes!"
07:36
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The Mercedes may be only 1st and 4th on the grid, with Red Bull in between, but the money is on Hamilton and Rosberg to win...
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Are we set for another race to rival Bahrain?
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Hello and welcome back to Shanghai for the 2014 Chinese Grand Prix
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Full report, times and post-qualifying comments will appear on Crash.net ... and we look forward to your company for the race on Sunday
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So the order is HAM, RIC, VET, ROS, ALO, MAS, BOT, HUL, VER and GRO
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Rosberg ran wide onto the astroturf bordering the final turn and, with no grip, saw his Mercedes loop around...
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Ricciardo meanwhile confirms second spot ahead of team-mate Vettel, with Alonso moving up to fifth
08:01
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Rosberg has spun within sight of the flag so he won't improve on 4th....
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Grosjean is already done, currently 9th
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The flag is out, so the next time cars cross the line it will be their last
07:59
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...as Hamilton lowers the pole time even further, now to 1m 53.860s
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Ricciardo  moves up to second plac e ahead of Vettel....
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Rosberg locks up and runs wide at the hairpin - pole is gone for him on this lap
07:58
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...but Hamilton has responded to the threat by going faster still....
07:57
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Rosberg is up on Hamilton's best through S1...
07:56
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All appear to be fitting the intermediate tyres this time around...
07:55
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Vettel, Rosberg and Hamilton have all set out on their second runs...
07:54
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Bottas and Massa swap sixth place in the Williams, while Vergne slots in ahead of Hulkenberg to take eighth... Grosjean yet to set a time
07:53
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Ricciardo taked P3, but Hamilton comes through the glooom to take provisional pole at 1m 54.348s
07:52
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Rosberg can only manage P2, and Alonso P3....
07:52
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Vettel heading towards the hairpin on his first flying lap... and crosses the line to post 1m 54.981s
07:49
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If the rain did intensify at the end of Q2, will full wets again be the order of the day for the pole battle?
07:49
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World champion Vettel the first to venture out in Q3....
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The surprise in Q3 must be Grosjean, who gives Lotus something to shout about, even if it is largely because of the weather
07:46
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Both McLarens miss the cut as Magnussen manages only 15th on his first visit to Shanghai International Circuit
07:45
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Raikkonen meanwhile missed out by a hundredth as Hulkenberg's crew reckons slightly wetter conditions denied the Finn a chance to improve further
07:43
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Button reports that he front tyres were 'shuddering; with a lack of grip after missing Q3 by just over a tenth of a second
07:43
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...leaving HAM, VET, ROS, RIC, ALO, BOT, GRO, VER, MAS and HUL to battle over pole in Q3
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So, after all that, its RAI, BUT, KVY, SUT, MAG and PER who miss the cut...
07:42
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Button cannot improve, remaining p12, while Kvyat and Raikkonen aslo miss out on Q3
07:41
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Hamilton remains comfortably fastest ahead of Vettel and Rosberg
07:41
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Everyone except Alonso is on track..
07:40
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Sutil improives but only enough to demote Magnussen one further place to 15th
07:40
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The flag is out... can Button recover a place in the top ten?
07:40
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Some late improvements at the bottom of the table drops Button and Raikkonen into the mire along with Magnussen
07:34
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6mins remaining and its MAG, SUT, VER, HUL, MAS and PER in the bottom six
07:33
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Everyone appears to be running on inters now, after the lead was set late in Q1
07:33
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Vettel then claims second spot, 0.688s behind Hamilton
07:32
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Rosberg improves his time but remains P2 behind his Mercedes team-mate
07:31
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Ricciardo now claims third spot, with Bottas slotting into fifth
07:31
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Alonso slots into P2, but Hamilton then vaults into top spot on 1m 54.200s
07:30
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After Sutil sets the early pace, Rosberg goes P1 on 1m 55.613s
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...but others are quick to follow
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Sutil the first on track in Q2
07:23
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Times now reset ahead of Q2, where another six drivers will bow out...
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HAM sets the pace, with HUL posting a late lap on inters to claim P2 ahead of VET, ROS and BOT
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GUT, KOB, BIA, ERI and CHI join MAL in exiting qualifying at the first stage
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Vergne moves up to P9, but Gutierrez remains 17th...
07:19
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Bianchi stays P19
07:18
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The chequered flag is out, but so are those trying to escape the drop....
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Kvyat moves up to P12 on inters, ahead of Raikkonen on wets...
07:17
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Vergne improves to P16, dropping Gutierrez through the trapdoor
07:17
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Hamilton, meanwhile, has regained top spot for Mercedes, lapping in 1m 55.516s to depose Vettel
07:16
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Sutil then jumps to P11 on the intermediate tyre... Vergne drops into danger
07:15
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Kobayashi then improves to demote the Frenchman.... and is promptly usurped by Sutil
07:15
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Bianchi appeared on course to escape the drop zone but ran wide exiting the final corner and rose only to P17
07:13
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...but Vettel goes fastest on 1m 55.926s
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At the top of the times, it's ROS, HAM, VET, RIC and ALO....
07:12
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Teams still debating full wets or intermediates depsite the conditions not appearing to change - a gamble worth taking to make Q2?
07:11
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7mins remaining and those in the danger zone are GUT, KOB, BIA, CHI and ERI
07:10
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Vettel improves to P3, a tenth shy of Hamilton's best and two off Rosberg
07:09
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All able runners have now completed at least one flying lap, with Adrian Sutil currently propping up the list in 21st spot
07:08
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Vettel runs wide exiting the final turn, but still has enough for P5
07:07
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A full second currently splitting the Mercedes drivers...
07:06
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Lewis Hamilton slots into P2, ahead of the two Red Bulls and Fernando Alonso...
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...only for Rosberg to smash that with a 1m 56.351s effort for Mercedes
07:05
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Daniil Kvyat then lowers the target below 2mins, clocking 1m 59.936s in the Toro Rosso
07:05
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Marcus Ericsson sets provisional fastest time at 2m 02.847s....but is quickly beaten by the two Marussias
07:03
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Daniel Ricciardo believes that the conditions are suited to the 'extreme' wet Pirelli
07:03
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Kamui Kobayashi also runs wide in the Caterham
07:02
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Nico Rosberg runs out of road at turn 6, but is able to rejoin
07:00
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There is still plenty of spray being kicked up...
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Caterham and Sauber also on track straight away...
06:59
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The two Marussias are already waiting for qualifying to start.... rain lights flashing furiously at the end of pit-lane
06:53
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With an uncertain forecast for race day, there will be plenty of head scratching in the garages as teams decide where to go with set-up.....
06:52
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Lewis Hamilton was on pole in China a year ago, and set the day one pace this time around, but will he face opposition from within the Mercedes camp?
06:51
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The Venezuelan already faced a 5-place grid penalty and had a fraught Friday before a sensor problem forced him to shut the engine down in FP3
06:50
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Pastor Maldonado appears to be an early qualifying casualty, the back missing off his Lotus with 10mins to go before the session starts
06:47
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It's not raining right now, and the track is damp rather than wet, but will the decision to save tyres pay off, or will the lack of running be costly?
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Daniel Ricciardo led the way in FP3, when the track remained wet throughout, but four drivers - including both Mercedes - did not bother setting a time
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It's been wet in Shanghai today, so will qualifying throw up a surprise or two?
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Welcome back to live coverage from Shanghai International Circuit ahead of qualifying for the Chinese Grand  Prix
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Hopefully the action will come thicker and faster in qualifying.... please join us here for further live coverage from Shanghai
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There were no timed laps fromROS, MAG, ALO, or HAM
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The chequered flag is out, ending a very unusual session with RIC leading the way from MAS, GRO, HUL and RAI
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Vettel told that his car is still experiencing KERS issues, which Red Bull will aim to solve with a software tweak ahead of qualifying
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Vettel returns to the pits without setting a time, the German joining his rivals in opting to preserve his tyres for qualifying
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The conditions look worse out there now, definitely more mist and spray hanging in the air
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Vettel also back on track after receiving attention to his brakes - the world champion is 11th fastest at the moment, but checking the car now his priority
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RAI, meanwhile, closcks 1m 55.062s to slot into fifth overall
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...but MAG opts not to complete the lap, leaving him without a time for the session
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ROS abandons his lap, but MAG goes through to start a timed run in the McLaren - team-mate BUT currently 8th fastest
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Just ten minutes remaining and still no timed laps from RAI, ROS, MAG, ALO or HAM
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....and Kamui's next effort has already been hampered by a very wayward moment where the back end steps out on the Caterham
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Running deep into the hairpin however leaves the Japanese driver 15th overall
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Team-mate Kobayashi currently one of the few cars on track....
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Ericsson is also done for the session as Caterham report 'a couple of issues' that need to be addressed ahead of qualifying
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There are still 15mins remaining for someone to take top spot from the #3 car however...
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Ricciardo climbs out of his Red Bull as the team tells him they're not planning to run again in FP3... the Aussie remains fastest
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Ricciardo still fastest by half a second from Massa, but most of the cars remain in the pits....
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The Venezuelan's climbing out, but he was told to stop the car this time.... just minutes ago he was told he could use more power and go for some fast laps!
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Having said all that, Maldonado has stopped out on track....
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No-one else is threatening double figures with just over 20mins of the session remaining
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Still feels like a slow day at the office.... Maldonado has completed the most laps with 12 as he tries to make up for lost time on Friday
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Perez slots into ninth, but it was a twitchy lap from the Mexican
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PER, RAI, ROS, MAG, ALO, HAM, SUT, ROS and GUT are the ones yet to complete a timed lap
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Halfway through the session, 14 drivers have set a time, with RIC leading MAS, GRO, HUL, MAL, KVY, BOT, BUT, VET and VER
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Grosjean is finally knocked off top spoit, as Daniel Ricciardo goes fastest in 1m 53.958s
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It was Jules Bianchi who was running ahead of Hulkenberg, and the Frenchman ran off track at T14 after holding a tight line into the hairpin
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The Finn didnt appear to put a wheel off the track, and didn't hit anything before being able to continue
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Bottas, meanwhile, indulges in a spin in the Williams
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Nico Hulkenberg's first flier was hampered by the German encountering a Marussia at T14.... but he still slotted into P4
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Vettel's brakes were also looking pretty hot, while Chilton reports that his brake pedal has gone long
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No sign of the Mercedes drivers on track, and Nico Rosberg may not be out for some time as there appears to be a problem with his brakes
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Vettel slots into P4 with his first flying lap, some 1.7s off Grosjean
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Jenson Button then puts another car between them and the top two...
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Max Chilton and Marcus Ericsson add to the list of those who have timed laps to their credit, but cannot topple either of the Lotuses
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Just the Lotus boys circulating at the moment....
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Maldonado improves on his second lap but cannot reclaim P1 from Grosjean
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Romain Grosjean betters his team-mate's time, taking top spot in 1m 54.514s
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Vettel reports that his practice start was 'very poor', with issues in all phases
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....and duly sets a 1m 56.676s effort to go P1
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Maldonado, however, is on a proper run now....
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Twelve minutes into the 60-minute session and no-one's set a timed lap....
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Alonso, meanwhile, turns on the TV in the Ferrari pit.... only to see himself front and centre on the screen!
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Toro Rosso tells Daniil Kvyat that they have found a mapping problem on both cars following Vergne's issue with the engine
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Meanwhile, Vettel, Gutierrez and Sutil are yet to leave the pit-lane
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Most cars now back in the pits, although Magnussen, Alonso and Hamilton are still out on track
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Bottas reports that the track is more suited to intermediates after completing his sighting lap
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Jean-Eric Vergne reports a problem with the Renault engine on his Toro Rosso, which he claims put the car into neutral by itself
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Maldoinado on inters, while Bottas and Bianchi behind him are on the wets
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Pastor Maldonado is first on track, the Lotus driver needing to make up for an embarrassing opening day....
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What difference will the rain make, however? Conditions are not looking too good here at SIC but could make for an interesting session....
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Red Bull also looked more of a threat, with Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel rounding out the top five - even if they don't believe they can challenge Mercedes
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Ferrari looked better than it did in Bahrain, but both the Scuderia and Mercedes lost track time as Hamilton and Raikkonen sat out long spells
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Lewis Hamilton set the pace on day one, but wasn't happy with his Mercedes as Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg ran him close
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It rained overnight, and temperatures are struggling to reach the teens, so grip will be at a premium once again
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It's another overcast start to the day in Shanghai, with one hour of running left before qualifying
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Welcome to coverage of third and final practice ahead of Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix
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Hamilton ends the day fastest of all, with Alonso, Rosberg, Ricciardo and Vettel completing the top five....
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That's it for day one in Shanghai.... the chequered flag appears to bring an end to FP2...
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Massa, Rosberg, Botta and Ericsson are in their garages however as the clock ticks towards the final minute of running for day one
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He doesn't stop at the garage though, preferring to head for a practice start at pit exit...
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Hamilton is still fastest, but tells Mercedes that 'there is soemthing definitely not right with the car' and heads for the pits
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Vettel, meanwhile, is carrying out a long run on the medium tyre...
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Sutil's left front appears to be on fire....
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There are a lot of marbles hanging around off the line - will that deny us a repeat of the Bahrain GP excitement on Sunday?
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Button's soft tyres are showing signs of wear, particularly on the front - the Briton is 8th on the timesheets with 5mins left to run
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Not everyone is running the soft Pirellis, however, as Williams confirms Bottas is on the prime tyre for his run
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Drivers complaining about tyre performance dropping off - Vettel told to stay out and see if the phse wears off...
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Rosberg is currnetly on a longer run on the soft rubber, now up to 13 laps, the majority of which were in the lower 1min 43s/1min 44s range
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Grosjean has currently completed the most laps in session, now up to 21 in the remaining Lotus
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30mins remaining and the order is: HAM, ALO, ROS, RIC, VET, MAS, RAI, BUT, GRO and KVY
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Longer runs definitely hhe order of the day in Shanghai...
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A brief off track moment for Kamui Kobayashi, but the Caterham is able to continue...
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Again, there's a bit of a lull at the front of the field, although places continue to change hands further back...
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but the Briton defies his woes to go fastest of all on 1m 38.315s...
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Hamilton, menwhile, is mired in P13, still suffering understeer in his Mercedes
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Alonso goed back to P1 with a 1m 38.456s lap
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Maldonado shows his frustration after being weighed.... did he realise he'd forgotten to put his brain in before practice?
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Everyone has now posted a lap time... but some have been busier than others - witness the 12 laps for Maldonado and Ericsson
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Team-mate Hamilton, meanwhile, is up to P6 in the other Mercedes
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Rosberg goes fastest on softs, lowering the benchmark to 1m 38.726s.... but did he do it under yellows?
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MAL: 'I've crashed';, Team: 'Oh OK...'; MAL: 'Sorry...'
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Think where Hamilton beached his McLaren in 2007, but with the Lotus buried in the tyre wall...
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...but first, Maldonado makes another error, this time crashing in the entrance to the pit-lane!
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Pereez jumps up to third spot after bolting on a set of softs - and he's not the only one going down that route so the timesheet may start turning again
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One third of the session gone and the order is ALO, ROS, RIC, MAL, MAS, VET, RAI, BOT, KVY and MAG
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Hamilton looks like he is ready to head out after a concerted effort from the Mercedes team to fix his suspension issue
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Not much changing at the top of the times as teams migrate towards their usual FP2 programme of longer runs...
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Raikkonen completes his firts timed lap of the day and vaults into P15
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Raikkonen has completed two laps, neither of them timed, leaving Hamilton as the only driver yet to leave pit-lane in FP2
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Half a second between Alonso and Rosberg at the moment....
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Daniel Ricciardo slots into P2... which becomes P3 as Alonso goes back to P1 on 1m 39.251s!
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....but Rosberg wastes no time in getting to P1, clocking 1m 39.792s
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Felipe Massa now goes fastest, knocking three-tenths off Vettel's best
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Rosberg though is also on track - his first lap is a slow 1m 50.898s sighter....
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Sebastian Vettel goes quickest on 1m 41.087s
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Magnussen, meanwhile, gets the rear of his McLaren sliding as he rounds the same turn...
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Maldonado locks up big style heading into the T14 hairpin.... major flat spots on his front tyres already
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Magnussen slots into P2, just a tenth shy of fellow rookie Kvyat
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...the Brazilian said that it's so cold and, with less downforce than in previous years, it makes it hard to get heat into the tyres
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Williams reserve Nasr confirmed to Crash.net that track conditions are very tricky
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Neither Mercedes on track at the moment, but Hamilton is still out of his car, which continues to be worked on...
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Now Daniil Kvyat goes fastest at 1m 41.279s - nearly a full second faster than Sutil, who is also bumped by Perez and Vergne
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Maldonado, unbelievably, ran out of road again....
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Maldonado the first to set a time, but the Lotus is quickly usurped by Bianchi and Sutil, who sets the benchmark at 1m 45.104s
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Kimi Raikkonen, meanwhile, waits in the cockpit of his Ferrari after completing just one lap in FP1
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Jules Bianchi also on track for Marussia... as are Sutil and Romain Grosjean
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Wait..... here's Pastor Maldonado... he stops at the end of pit-lane and then heads out - let's hope he keeps his eye on the road this time!
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The pit-lane opens.... and no-one rushes to go out!
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The field is back to normal for FP2 after Felipe Nasr and Giedo van der Garde replaced Valtteri Bottas and Adrian Sutil respectively
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Lewis Hamilton had his session ended early by suspension problems - and he wasn't the only one sidelined during the opening 90mins
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Nico Rosberg was second fastest for Mercedes, and expect the Silver Arrows to be a threat again this time around
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Fernando Alonso stole the FP1 honours for Ferrari, but can he do it again this time around?
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Conditions are much the same for FP2 as FP1 in China... that is to say cool and overcast
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Welcome back to the Shanghai International Circuit for coverage of second free practice at the Chinese Grand Prix
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The top ten is ALO, ROS, RIC, BUT, HUL, MAG, VER, HAM, VET and MAS
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Chequered flag and it looks like ALO will take P1 in his new team boss' first session at the helm
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Big lock up for GRO into T14....
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... and there is a technical issue for PER, ending the Mexican's session a little earlier than hoped for
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KVY is not alone in making mistakes, however, as ROS and VET both ran out of road shortly before the Russian's spin
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...while KVY spins at the final hairpin, T14
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GUT runs deep into the T1 run-off, the Sauber twitching violently before it left the track
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Bianchi, meanwhile, looks set to return to the fray after a lengthy interruption
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While ROS attempts to retke fastest time, team-mate HAM is sidelined by a mechanically-induced handling problem.... 6mins remain
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ROS returns to P2, lapping 4/1oth off the pace
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After another brief lull in proceedings, cars begin heading back out on track for the final 19mins
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Into the last half hour of running and it's ALO, RIC, ROS, BUT, HUL,MAG, VER, HAM, VET and MAS in the top ten
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Their presence means a morning off for Valtteri Bottas and Adrian Sutil respectively
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Two reserves in action during FP1, with Felipe Nasr and Giedo van der Garde currently P15 and P16
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ALO goes fastest for Ferrari on 1m 39.783s, with RIC slotting into P2 - will ROS now be tempted to return to the fray?
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Rosberg appears content with his efforts so far, standing in the Mercedes garage and monitoring the action on tv!
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Meanwhile, McLaren team-mate Button reports that his engine 'isn't pulling as well' as on his first run
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Magnussen rejoins in a McLaren showing the signs of aerodynamic tweaks, both front and rear
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Kvyat spins at turn one, after running wide onto the grass, but managed to keep the engine running and rejoins
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Kvyat is also heading back out - Toro Rosso telling him to focus on tyres and brakes
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His solitude may be about to be interrupted as Esteban Gutierrez finally climbs aboard his Sauber
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The space allows Grosjean to vault in to the top seven for Lotus
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Romain Grosjean has the track to himself right now as the other teams take the opportunity to review their data
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Raikkonen's appearance seems to have been a brief one as the Ferrari is back on the garage and facing further work on its suspension
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Jules Bianchi is currently sidelined by a 'fuel system issue', according to Marussia
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The order is currently ROS, ALO, HAM, HUL, MAS, BUT, RIC, MAG, VET and VER.... 0.464s secs separate the top two
03:30
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That's the opening 30mins done and dusted (literally) in Shanghai, ending the period in which teams can run their extra set of Pirellis
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Nico Hulkenberg and Massa have both moved ahead of Button to tke 4th and 5th respectively
03:27
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Daniil Kvyat sets his first timed lap after also being delayed at the start of the session - the Russian goes 17th in the Toro Rosso...
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Raikkonen's helmet is going on..... will the Finn be out before too long?
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...but the Bahrain GP winner is lapping quickly too and moves back ahead of the McLaren
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Alonso and Button leapfrog Hamilton for P2 and P3
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Rosberg improves to 1m 40.840s
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Ferrari reports that it is raining in certain sections of the circuit.... just to add to the grip problems
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Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton also slot in ahead of Button...
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...only for Rosberg to prove us right, taking nearly 4secs off his initial time to lower the target to 1m 41.063s
03:20
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Magnussen and Jenson Button both leapfrog Massa to set-up a  McLaren 1-2 - the Briton goes P1 on 1m 42.482s
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Expect the German to find the missing three seconds very quickly however
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Nico Rosberg's initial effort in the Mercedes is a little slower and good enough only for P3
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Felipe Massa sets the opening bar at 1m 42.725s
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Renault meanwhile suggests that the proximity of local factories could also lead to a dusty atmosphere and, as a reuslt, a lack of grip on the track surface
03:12
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Sergio Perez confirms that the cool temperatures are making it hard to build up heat in the tyres, and could lead to graining on the fronts
03:11
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No times yet as all cars return to the garage after their installation laps
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It appears the Venezuelan took his eye off the road going through the turn and ran off the track into the grass and gravel.....
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A quick spin for Pastor Maldonado - although 'quick' is probably not the right word for a slow section of the track on an installation lap!
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Problems too at Sauber, where Esteban Gutierrez is being delayed by a clutch gremlin -  the team reckons he could miss half the session
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Raikkonen's delay is an early headache for new Ferrari team principal Marco Mattiacci, who took over from Stefano Domenicali earlier this week
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...and Kevin Magnussen gets FP1 underway, running an SAP-dominated livery on his McLaren this weekend
03:00
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It's Kimi Raikkonen who looks set to sit out part of FP1 as the Ferrari team works on his car...
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It's a cold morning in Shanghai, with temperatures barely breaking into the teens, which could make it tricky in the early stages of the 90min session
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...well, most of them anyway as there appears to be a lot of work going on down at Ferrari, where mechanics are shielding the front of the car
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Just minutes to go before FP1 gets underway in China and the drivers are climbing aboard....
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Good morning and welcome to Shanghai for the opening practice session for this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix

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