Schumacher Quickest In Shanghai
SHANGHAI — Michael Schumacher pushed Mercedes to the head of the timesheets during the second practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix Friday afternoon.
On a track that remained dry but cold throughout the hour and a half session, Schumacher lapped in one minute, 35.973 seconds, besting Lewis Hamilton by .172 seconds.
“It was a trouble-free day, and I am quite happy with how our car is handling so far here,” said Schumacher. “The balance of the car was reasonably good, and obviously a balanced car contributes a lot to lap time. As a team, we are a lot stronger in certain areas this season, and we have a much better base to work from, although we are not quite where we want to be with this car yet but I am confident we will get there. We will now have to look deeper into the data in order to find out where we really are here, but I am looking forward to tomorrow’s qualifying.”
Two-time defending World Champion Sebastian Vettel was third.
Hamilton, like teammate Jenson Button, suffered from locking front brakes on his McLaren, notably and unusually on the outer wheel. He lapped in one minute, 36.145 seconds, while Vettel was happier with his Red Bull and its revised exhaust system as he posted one minute and 36.160 seconds.
Mark Webber was fourth in the second Red Bull with Nico Rosburg taking fifth in the second Mercedes.
Hamilton was quickest during the first practice session, which was held in wet conditions.BREAKING NEWS: SPEED SPORT is back in print with a new monthly format! Subscribe for just $24.95. Special offer for former subscribers.