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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 Spanish GP Broadcast Times

CDTBSTGMT+2Local
Free Practice 1Thursday 03:00Thursday 09:00Thursday 10:00Thursday 10:00
Free Practice 2Thursday 07:00Thursday 13:00Thursday 14:00Thursday 14:00
Free Practice 3Saturday 04:00Saturday 10:00Saturday 11:00Saturday 11:00
QualifyingSaturday 07:00Saturday 13:00Saturday 14:00Saturday 14:00
RaceSunday 07:00Sunday 13:00Sunday 14:00Sunday 14:00

2017 Drivers Championship

Pos.DriverPoints
1 Sebastian Vettel104
2 Lewis Hamilton98
3 Valtteri Bottas63
4 Kimi Raikkonen49
5 Daniel Ricciardo37
> Full Championship Table

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