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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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