Lewis Hamilton dominates Alonso
This Friday the first two practice sessions were played Chinese Grand Prix Formula 1 in which Lewis Hamilton was the fastest driver. The British driver was far superior to his rivals with a Mercedes that has incorporated several improvements that will become a place as a leading candidate to win despite the triumph of Ferrari in Malaysia.
The German team has worked with new front and rear spoilers on cars Hamilton and Rosberg. In the first session English was half a second faster than his teammate while in the second the difference between them was above the second Rosberg finishing in fifth place behind Ferrari drivers and Red Bull. In any case it is expected that the German is a little higher but no more doubts about whether it will be able to match the times of Lewis Hamilton.
Ferrari to have again put the best team after Mercedes. In the first round Vettel and Raikkonen were 3 and 4 but in the second Finn stood second only 4/10 of Hamilton warns how close the Maranello. We’ll see if Ferrari can surprise Mercedes again but it is clear that right now are ahead of Red Bull although these have placed 3rd Ricciardo (Kvyat had worse luck because it crashed after having brake problems) and Williams has fallen greatly in Valtteri Bottas performance as best placed rider after Massa’s accident that caused a red flag in the second session.
That red flag hurt pilots Toro Rosso in the second round and prevented Carlos Sainz Jr. could improve their times. The Spaniard was 8th in the first round just a few thousandths of Red Bull so again aspire to fight for points.
In McLaren-Honda also seek to reach that goal but for now arise reach Q2. Both Button and Alonso had a positive day in terms of work have since given many laps without noteworthy problems. In the second session was the British 10th and 12th Spanish although more than two seconds of time marked by Hamilton.
Farther away are the drivers of Manor F1 Team that premiered improvements in its propellant. Despite these improvements Robert Merhi penultimate amounted to more than 5 seconds time marker Hamilton but must assess positively this time given the circumstances in which this team has emerged. The good news for Merhi is that could accumulate enough laps in the second session and that their time is within the 107% required by the FIA to compete on Sunday.