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F1: Hamilton battles back to top Chinese GP 2nd practice, Alonso leads 1st session

Published on Apr 18, 2014 4:43 PM
 
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain waits to take his car out during the first practice session of the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 18, 2014. Hamilton battled back on Friday, April 18, 2014, to set the fastest time in second practice for the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix after suspension problems with his Mercedes earlier in the day. -- PHOTO: AFP

SHANGHAI (AFP) - Lewis Hamilton battled back on Friday to set the fastest time in second practice for the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix after suspension problems with his Mercedes earlier in the day.

Fernando Alonso brought some welcome cheer to Ferrari after a troubled week, by posting the second fastest lap in the afternoon after leading the first session.

Championship leader Nico Rosberg was third fastest in his Mercedes followed by the Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel in fourth and fifth respectively.

It was a mixed day for Ferrari and their new team principal Marco Mattiacci, who was installed after Stefano Domenicali dramatically quit on Monday.

 
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