CHINA GP – FINAL PRACTICE RESULTS
Report: A puzzling session for everyone including Scuderia Ferrari as the track was damp in this third practice session, while much more rain is expected for qualifying. Therefore most people did little more than an installation lap, as there was little to learn from using fuel and tyres to no avail. Fernando Alonso, like many of the field only did an installation lap, while Kimi Raikkonen also went out in the final minutes to learn more about the track in the wet and set the fifth fastest time on his only timed lap in 1.55.062. Alonso however stayed in the garage. Fastest, for what it’s worth, was Daniel Ricciardo, who did a 1.53.958 early in the session, when it was less wet in the Red Bull.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap Laps 1. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m53.958s 5 2. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m54.492s +0.534s 5 3. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m54.514s +0.556s 4 4. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m55.032s +1.074s 6 5. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m55.062s +1.104s 4 6. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault 1m55.228s +1.27 s 12 7. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m55.235s +1.277s 7 8. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m55.381s +1.423s 5 9. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m55.673s +1.715s 4 10. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m56.019s +2.061s 6 11. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m56.233s +2.275s 8 12. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m56.380s +2.422s 9 13. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m56.760s +2.802s 8 14. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 1m56.841s +2.883s 13 15. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m57.468s +3.51 s 9 16. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m57.812s +3.854s 12 17. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m57.976s +4.018s 14 18. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 1m59.507s +5.549s 6 19. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 4 20. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 3 21. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1 22. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 3