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Chinese F1 Grand Prix: Hamilton tops FP2 from Alonso

Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of FP2 for the Chinese Grand Prix as Fernando Alonso continued to look strong for Ferrari
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Lewis Hamilton set the fastest time of FP2 for the Chinese Grand Prix as Fernando Alonso continued to look strong for Ferrari.

Hamilton's time of 1:38.315 set on the soft tyre left him just 0.141s clear of Alonso in second place, with the second Mercedes of Nico Rosberg in third, 0.411s off his team-mate. Hamilton had only managed nine laps in FP1 due to a suspension problem, but enjoyed a much more productive afternoon as he completed

The two Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel were fourth and fifth, while Felipe Massa and Kimi Raikkonen – who only completed an installation lap in the first session – were the only other drivers within a second of Hamilton's time.

Romain Grosjean showed some encouraging pace for Lotus as he was ninth quickest, 1.2s slower than Hamilton, but team-mate Pastor Maldonado had an embarrassing accident which ended his running early. Maldonado carried too much speed in to the pit entry – which features a 90 degree left hander – and ran across the gravel before hitting the tyre barrier on the outside of the pit lane, damaging the right front corner of the car.

With cool conditions prevailing throughout the day, drivers were struggling with a period of graining on soft tyres during their longer runs and having to try to nurse the tyres through the phase. While Mercedes didn't look as dominant over one lap as at recent races, it remained quickest on high fuel.

Hamilton appeared to have some issues during his long run, however, radioing in to the team in the final five minutes: “Something is not right with this car, I'm coming in”.

There was another odd incident late in the session when Adrian Sutil's left front brake appeared to catch fire after a pit stop but Sutil continued to lap despite flames being visible.

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