Raikkonen leads Ferrari one-two in second Chinese GP practice


Kimi Raikkonen headed up a Ferrari one-two in the second free practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday afternoon in Shanghai.

After seeing Mercedes set the pace in a truncated opening practice on Friday morning, Raikkonen picked up the mantle in FP2 with a fastest lap of 1:36.896 on the super-soft tire.

His time with 30 minutes remaining in the session was enough to give him P1 come the checkered flag, edging out Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel by one-tenth of a second.

Both drivers completed fast runs on super-softs to leapfrog the Mercedes duo of Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton, who were left to settle for third and fourth place respectively.

Rosberg bounced back from an ignition issue at the end of first practice to beat Hamilton once again, with Mercedes preferring to focus on race simulations in the latter part of the session.

Daniel Ricciardo strengthened Red Bull’s case for being the ‘best of the rest’ behind Mercedes and Ferrari by finishing fifth in FP2 ahead of Toro Rosso youngster Max Verstappen.

Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez put in an impressive display for Force India, charging to seventh and ninth place respectively. Carlos Sainz Jr. split the pair in the second Toro Rosso. Valtteri Bottas rounded out the top 10 for Williams.

Felipe Massa bounced back from two tire failures in FP1 to finish the session 14th, but Kevin Magnussen was forced to sit out the session due to the damage sustained to his Renault in a separate incident earlier in the day.

It proved to be another difficult session for Haas as Esteban Gutierrez was sidelined by a brake fire early on. The Mexican driver was forced to miss FP1 due to an electrical issue, and was prevented from recovering the lost mileage in second practice to compound a tough day.

Qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix is on NBCSN and Live Extra from 3am ET on Saturday.