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Vettel takes the lead in wet final practice session

Vettel - Final Practice, Chinese GP

Sebastian Vettel set the fastest time for Ferrari in a wet final practice session ahead of this weekend’s Chinese Grand Prix.

There was no running in the opening 15 minutes of the final practice as persistent heavy rain made for very wet conditions just before the session started.

Most drivers completed only a couple of laps with drivers saving tyres in anticipation of a wet qualifying session later today.

Vettel’s time of 1:57.351 was set on Pirelli’s intermediate rubber, despite making a mistake and drifting wide under braking at Turn 6.

Williams’ Valtteri Bottas finished the final practice session in the second spot, 0.7s behind Vettel, with Sergio Perez third for Force India.

Carlos Sainz Jr. finished fourth ahead of Esteban Gutierrez, and the Renault duo of Jolyon Palmer and Kevin Magnussen. Palmer suffered a right rear puncture in his early laps on the wet tyres.

Pascal Wehrlein, Max Verstappen and Nico Hulkenberg rounded out the top 10. Only 14 drivers set times and the two Mercedes drivers completed only their installation laps.

Join us for the Chinese Grand Prix qualifying at 9am GMT+2. We’ll be bringing you live commentary and chit chatting on Twitter @F1_Madness throughout.

Final Practice Photo Credit: Scuderia Ferrari

 

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2017 Malaysian GP Broadcast Times

CDTGMTGMT+2Local
Free Practice 1Thursday 22:00Friday 03:00Friday 05:00Friday 11:00
Free Practice 2Friday 02:00Friday 07:00Friday 09:00Friday 15:00
Free Practice 3Saturday 02:00Saturday 10:00Saturday 08:00Saturday 14:00
QualifyingSaturday 04:00Saturday 09:00Saturday 11:00Saturday 17:00
RaceSunday 02:00Sunday 07:00Sunday 09:00Sunday 15:00

2017 Drivers Championship

Pos.DriverPoints
1 Lewis Hamilton263
2 Sebastian Vettel235
3 Valtteri Bottas212
4 Daniel Ricciardo162
5 Kimi Raikkonen138
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