Hamilton Sets The Pace In China
SHANGHAI — Lewis Hamilton overcame suspension problems, which had afflicted his Mercedes during the first practice session to turn the fastest lap during the Friday’s second practice for the Chinese Grand Prix at Shanghai Int’l Circuit.
The Englishman, who didn’t make it out of the garage until the half hour mark as the team resolved his F-1 W05’s suspension issue, deprived Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso of the top slot as his lap of one minute and 38.315 seconds was a tick better than Alonso’s one minute and 38.456 second lap.
“It was quite a difficult day today as we missed some of this morning’s session which put us on the back foot slightly, but we were glad to get some laps in the second session at least,” Hamilton said. “We’re not too happy with the balance of the car at the moment, so we need to go and work on that. This circuit is particularly hard on tires, as it has been every year, so we need to be prepared for that. A few of the other teams look to have improved in terms of pace, which is great as it means we will have a fight. There’s a lot of work to do and the guys are already here early and working late, but I’m confident that we can make some improvements going into tomorrow.”
Nico Rosberg was third fastest in the second Ferrari with Red Bull teammates Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel fourth and fifth.