Chinese GP: FP2 as it happened

Keep up to date with all the action from the second practice session ahead of  the Chinese Grand Prix with our live blog...

15:32 – Join us again on Saturday at noon for FP3, with qualifying three hours later.

15:30 – And that’s the end of the proceedings for the day. Raikkonen ends FP2 quickest on a 1m 36.896s. Vettel is 2nd on a 1m 37.005s, +0.109s. Rosberg, Hamilton, Ricciardo and Verstappen round out the top 6.

Magnussen, meanwhile, missed the session entirely after his tyre issues in FP1, while Gutierrez’s running was limited after a rear brake fire.

15:27 – Those McLaren boys are lightning in the pits.

15:25 – One of the Haas cars out for a final dip.

 15:21 – Quite interesting viewing, this:

15:18 – As the season is drawing to a close, most of the teams are practicing their long runs at the moment.

15:13 – A  little under 20 minutes left in the session and Raikkonen remains on top. The Finn sure is popular!

15:08 – The speed trap readings make for some interesting viewing

15:04 – With just under 30 minutes left in the session, this is what the top 6 looks like:

1 Raikkonen 1m 36.896s; 2 Vettel 1m 37.005s; 3 Rosberg 1m 37.133s; 4 Hamilton 1m 37.329s; 5 Ricciardo 1m 38.143s; 6 Verstappen 1m 38.268s

15:00 – There’s a bit of a lull in the action on the track right now… This livery on the Red Bull is quite interesting, however.

14:55 – Ferrari have really put the proverbial cat among the pigeons in the last couple of minutes.

14:53 – And just like that, Raikkonen goes fastest! Where did that come from?

14:50 – At the halfway stage of the session, this is what the time sheets look like

14:48 – Its as if Vettel read the previous post…

14:46  – The Ferraris have struggled in this session so far, although, they haven’t taken the supersofts for a spin yet…

14:43 – Here are the top 5’s times:

14:41 – Wow, that Mercedes of Rosberg is flying around the circuit

14:38 – More and more drivers taking on the supersofts now.

14:35 – After 30 minutes of the session, this is what the top 6 looks like: 1 Rosberg 1m 37.133s; 2 Ricciardo 1m 38.691s; 3 Hamilton 1m 38.791s; 4 Button 1m 38.868s; 5 Hulkenberg 1m 39.031s; 6 Alonso 1m 39.512s

14:33 – The Mercs have decided to take the supersofts for a spin…

14:29 – There’s not a lot of action on the track at the moment but these fans look like they’re having fun atleast.

14:25 – Most of the drivers have set a time now

14:22 – Here’s some more images of Gutierrez’s rear…

14:18 – The Mercs are now on track and its no surprise that they jumped to the top of the time sheets immediately

14:14 – Jenson Button has set the fastest lap of the session  –  1m 38.868s – but Gutierrez has some issues with his brakes, with both rear tyres seemingly about to burst in flames.

14:10 – Williams have made some adjustment to their cars following this morning’s tyre issues.

14:05 – Haas duo Romain Grosjean and Esteban Gutierrez are the only two on track at the moment. The Mexican didn’t set a time in FP2 so must be keen to get some time on the track.

14:00 – And we are off…

13:55 – Just five minutes left before the start of the session, and most of the drivers have made their way to their respective garages…

 13:45 – Meanwhile, here’s an update from the Merc and Williams  teams:

13:40 – Just to recap what happened earlier today: The Mercedes pair of Rosberg and Hamilton topped the time sheets, ahead of Vettel and Ricciardo. Magnussen and Massa, meanwhile, struggled with their tyres and suffered a pair of punctures.

13:35 – Not long before the start of the session, but some of the drivers still have time to interact with the fans

13:30 – If you missed the news from earlier today, Fernando Alonso has been cleared and will participate in this weekend’s race.

13:28 – Good afternoon and welcome to our coverage from the Shanghai International Circuit.

 

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