F1 Chinese Grand Prix – Free Practice Sessions
Posted on April 16, 2010 by John Trevors for Luckyroom.com
McLaren and Mercedes drivers dominated the timed tables as in the first free practice session Button recordes the best time, followed by Rosberg, Hamilton and Schumacher while on the second free practice session Hamilton topped the standings followed by Rosberg, Button and Schumacher. The Red Bull drivers managed to find pace in the second session where they recorded times close to Hamilton’s.
Force India with Sutil followed while the surprise came from Toro Rosso and Alguersuari who record the 8th best time. Kubica’s Renault was ninth while the two Ferraris followed. The teams didn’t experience major problems with weather conditions and the second free practice session is reflecting the progress of the teams. Without any doubt we will watch a battle between McLaren, Mercedes and Red Bull while at the very same time Ferrari seems to be once again struggling to find pace.
All the drivers suffered from luck of grip and in many occasions were off the road into grass. The long straight end of the circuit revealed the problem of the new teams to achieve high speed while at the technical session they had problems handling their cars in line. Everyone below 12th spot recorded lap times 2 seconds more than Hamilton’s.
Off the circuit now, Bernie Ecclestone was frustrated for the luck of spectators as the circuit is designed to host around 200,00 people but the visitors were much less giving the impression of an abandoned circuit. Ecclestone stated that the tournament officials in Shanghai are not promoting the event properly and he moved a step forward as he claimed that the people who live in the area wouldn’t know that there is a Formula 1 race here in Sunday. However, officials expect the crowd to flow into the circuit tomorrow at the qualifying session and of course on Sunday when the actual race will take place.
Judging from the free practice results, this seems an excellent opportunity for McLaren’s drivers to top the standings as they do have the pace. However, we will in better position to make a prediction after the qualifying session – do not forget that weather conditions play always an important role in the final outcome and rain is on the schedule for this race! The qualifying session is scheduled for Saturday 07:00 GMT while the race at Sunday 08:00 GMT.
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