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Chinese GP practice as it happened

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By Mark Orlovac


0850: So McLaren and Mercedes occupy the top four places, the Red Bull duo are close behind while Ferrari will not be too unhappy with their day's work. However, there are still question marks over their engine reliability. Meanwhile, Buemi will want to forget today ever happened after that horror crash. It's time to sign off. Bed is a-calling. I'll be back tomorrow from 0330 BST for more thrills and spills in Saturday practice and qualifying. You get some rest now, it's a long weekend. Bye-bye.

0844: Ferrari's Felipe Massa is 11th quickest (1:36.944) and is followed by Petrov (1:36.986), De la Rosa (1:37.421), Kobayashi (1:37.431) and Rubens Barrichello (1:37.657).

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Pharaoh_Divine on Twitter: "Ferrari guys have tough choices to make to ensure Alonso remains competitive throughout the season. 4800 race kms in six engines!"

Anon via text: "Re: Hamilton weaving. If Petrov had stayed on the racing line then yes but as he followed the weaves surely he was trying to pick up the tow. So technically he was also weaving?"

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Virgin Racing on Twitter: "Not the greatest session in our brief history, but both cars running reliably and not too far away from Lotus. Lots of thinking before tomorrow."

0834: The rest of the top 10 look like this: Webber (1:35.995), Sutil (1:36.254), Alguersuari (1:36.377), Kubica (1:36.389) and Alonso.

0830: The chequered flag falls and second practice draws to a close. Hamilton ends up top with a 1:35.217, then it is Rosberg (1:35.465), Button (1:35.593), Schumacher (1:35.602) and Vettel (1:35.791). Alonso betters that previous time to set a best of 1:36.604 which keeps him in 10th.

0828: Alonso is on hard tyres and goes 10th with a 1:36.784 - which is around 1.5 seconds off Hamilton. If Ferrari are on heavy loads, which they have tended to do on Friday practice this season, then that's not too shoddy a time is it?

0826: More fist waving, this time from Alonso. He's unhappy with Bruno Senna. I can't see what else the Brazilian could have done there though to be honest. Kovalainen reports that he lost power steering in that corner before he stopped.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Shanghai: "A number of the drivers are unhappy about some of Lewis Hamilton's driving during the Malaysian Grand Prix, when he appeared to 'weave' down the straight to prevent Renault's Vitaly Petrov passing him. It is expected to be discussed in the drivers' briefing later on Friday, but McLaren team principal Martin Whitmarsh has got his defence of his man in early: 'The stewards looked at this and decided not to penalise Lewis. Lewis was seeking to break the tow, not prevent an overtaking move. As always Lewis drives and races passionately, but always seeks to be entirely safe.'"

0822: Kovalainen's Lotus grinds to a halt off the track at Turn 10. That's his day over.

Virgin Racing on Twitter: "Timo out for his final run. But track not looking as quick as it was earlier."

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Nick in Devon via text: "Some people want to watch drivers race, some people want to watch teams race, who switches on to watch tyres race?"

Force India on Twitter: "Still very low grip, particularly in T1, 2 and 3 says Tonio - car is sliding as so little rubber and temperatures are very cold for the tyres."

0816: Red Bull boss Christian Horner looks very pensive on the pit wall as Vettel charges around the Shanghai circuit. The German is on the soft tyres and sets a 1:39.990. There's 14 minutes to go.

0813: Schumacher goes very wide at Turn 13 but just manages to keep his Mercedes on the track. He lost a lot of time there and sets a 1:41.739.

Force India on Twitter: "Adrian is back in. Quite a bit of understeer in a couple of corners but balance is consistent he says."

Ferrari on Twitter: "Felipe is reasonably happy with the car after his run on soft tyres."

0805: Heikki Kovalainen takes his Lotus around in 1:44.197. That's way off his best. Karun Chandhok does not see Kubica coming up inside him at Turn 11 and almost turns into the Renault driver. That was close.

BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos: "Toro Rosso's mechanics are working a lot on Buemi's car but they have not even got the floor on it yet. There is a lot of work to do and with only 30 minutes of the session left, it does not look like they will be able to get him out."

0759: Rosberg takes second again with a 1:35.465. Mercedes team-mate Schumacher sets a 1:35.602 and is fourth. Vettel is fifth (1:35.791) with Webber, Sutil, Alguersuari, Petrov and Kubica making up the top 10.

Richard in Hereford via text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide): "If it is costing circuits so much to host a GP and that then affects the ticket prices maybe Bernie should lower the cost to a venue that F1 as a business requires. It doesn't take money to build prestige, just good racing! This would enable lower ticket prices and therefore more fans, more money to improve places like Silverstone and Spa, plus that would then mean teams wouldn't have to spend the money they are supposed to be saving on PR."

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Virgin Racing on Twitter: "Getting chilly again, a few bits of moisture in the air. Making some set-up changes to try to get the best from the tricky conditions. Engineers telling both drivers what sort of gap they have to the other drivers."

0755: On his next lap, Button posts a 1:35.593 to go above Rosberg into second.

0751: Frustrating times for Jenson Button. He's on a flying lap but is badly halted by the Virgin of Lucas di Grassi. From the onboard camera Grassi's car looks like a huge whale in the middle of the track. Cue a fist shake from the Briton when he does get past, and then Button slows down just to teach Di Grassi a little lesson. Buemi is in the garage and not looking like he is coming out any time soon.

0748: Hamilton on the soft tyres - he sets a 1:35.217. That's the quickest time of the session. Rosberg second, Button third.

0742: Force India's Vitantonio Liuzzi and the BMW Sauber of Kamui Kobayashi go wheel to wheel on the back straight. Easy boys, it's only practice. The Japanese driver allows Liuzzi to go through at Turn 14 before going into the pits. Alonso on another flyer, and it's a 1:39.203. That's not enough to beat Vettel in 15th.

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Virgin Racing on Twitter: "Lucas is reporting that the car feels better. Times not reflecting that though :-( "

0737: Alonso's lap is a little messy - he runs a bit wide at Turn 7 - and does not improve on his current best of 1:39.313. He's in 16th place.

0733: A quick update on the current standings for you: Rosberg, Hamilton, Button, Sutil, Alguersuari and Webber. Schumacher locks up a little as he goes into Turn 14. He does not set a quick lap and dives into the pits.

wilsondrewj on Twitter: "Question: What's better for F1? Big amazing facilities with no fans at the track or poor facilities with the place full of fans?"

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Ferrari on Twitter: "A couple of practice starts for Felipe at the end of his long run on hard tyres."

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Shanghai: "The media centre in Shanghai was called to attention by a drop-in visit by F1 supremo Bernie Ecclestone. The first sign of his arrival was the photographers' shutters, before a throng of journalists rushed to gather round him for a swift Q&A. First, Ecclestone quashed doubts over the South Korean Grand Prix, which is due to make its debut on 24 October, saying F1 will 'definitely be there'. Next, he passed comment on Shanghai, whose contract to host the Chinese GP expires this year. The huge circuit has enough seats for 200,000 fans but many of the stands are empty. 'It's a shame because the whole venue is super,' Ecclestone said. 'They're not promoting it; being in Shanghai you wouldn't even know there's a race here.' But the 79-year-old F1 commercial boss says the Chinese government is 'committed to F1' and insists there's no danger of its contract not being renewed. Just before he dodged the journalists, Ecclestone added that no races would be dropped from the 2011 calendar which means, with the addition of the Indian Grand Prix, 20 grands prix will be squeezed in next year. Gulp."

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Anon via text: "Reece, five-years-old from Scotland never misses any of the weekend's action until today as our Red Button won't work! Using mum's works laptop to watch practice to save him having a meltdown whilst she makes him scrambled egg on toast to eat in bed. Lucky boy. PS Hope that McLaren guy and his trousers doesn't put him off breakfast."

0723: A television camera has a look at mechanics and engineers working in the McLaren garage. However, one poor bloke really needs to pulls his trousers up as we are getting a great view of his backside. He might get a bit of ribbing about that. Lucas di Grassi's Virgin looks as easy to handle as a three-year-old on a sugar rush. He sets a 1:42.532 while Rosberg improves his time to a 1:35.674.

0719: Schumacher's team-mate Nico Rosberg tops the list with a 1:36.019 even though he struggles to get his car around Turn 14, losing a bit of time. BBC Sport's Anthony Davidson is not happy with Rosberg's pale yellow driving gloves - I think they are quite fetching. You wouldn't catch me wearing them in Kingston town centre mind you. Alguersuari goes fourth with a 1:36.377.

0716: Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher moves up to fourth with a 1:36.698.

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redbullf1spy on Twitter: "Sun's out. Some are even brave enough to ditch the jumpers and show off their holiday tans. Me? White as milk."

0712: Bang - Hamilton goes top with a 1:36.033, just ahead of McLaren team-mate Jenson Button (1:36.206). Force India's Adrian Sutil is third (1:37.297) with Renault's Robert Kubica in 1:37.575. Hamilton is told that he is losing time at the right-handed turns of 12 and 13.

Lotus technical chief Mike Gascoyne on Twitter: "Gear ratio change on both cars in between sessions. Both cars out on the hard tyre."

0706: Alguersuari completes his first flying lap of the second session, setting the fastest lap so far - a 1:38.559. BMW Sauber driver Kamui Kobayashi is second (1:38.704) with team-mate Pedro de la Rosa in third.

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daveih on Twitter: "Watching practice session while ploughing through the work e-mails!"

BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos: "The engine that Alonso stopped with has been taken out and he will now be using the engine that he would have used for the race this weekend."

0700: Hispania's Karun Chandhok is told by his team radio that the wind is a little bit stronger than we saw for the opening session. The Indian driver is the first man out on to the track.

0657: The drivers are in their cars and are ready for the off. Alguersuari gives the camera a big thumbs up from inside his cockpit. He doesn't seem too concerned after the crash involving his team-mate. Nerves? Get outta here.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Shanghai: "Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost was a relaxed man during lunchtime in China despite seeing Sebastien Buemi plough into the gravel trap after both his wheels were flung free and into the air during first practice. Tost explained that Buemi's crash was caused by a failure of the front-right upright - the piece of carbon fibre which connects the wheel to the front suspension - which overloaded the left-hand one, causing it to break too. Tost told me Buemi's uprights were brand new and had no mileage on them before coming to Shanghai. But he has no concerns over safety and isn't worried about Jamie Alguersuari suffering a similar fate in the second Toro Rosso, least of all because his car is running with used parts. The mechanics have been working over the break between sessions to get Buemi back on track and, though he isn't expected to start second practice on the dot, he should be out within the first hour."

0650: Here's a quick reminder that the second practice session starts at 0700 BST with coverage at the top of this page, on the Red Button and on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra. Tidy.

0644: Looking ahead to the race, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton was speaking earlier in the week about who he thinks will be favourites for Sunday in Shanghai. Actually, that sounds quite good. Anyway, although his car has the "f-duct" aerodynamic device, which will give a straight-line speed advantage down the long Shanghai straight, Hamilton says it is Red Bull and Ferrari who are the teams to beat.

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Virgin Racing's Lucas di Grassi on Twitter: "My first time around, China track looks OK but very bumpy and very dirty at the moment."

Sebastien Buemi reacts after his crash
Sebastien Buemi reacts after his crash
0635: While we were away, Toro Rosso have been trying to discover the reasons behind Buemi's spectacular crash near the end of first practice. Here's what a team spokesman had to say: "Buemi's incident was caused by the failure of the front-right upright. Once one upright fails the loads on the remaining one are too great. Both cars had been fitted with new uprights for this race. They had not been used previously. The exact cause of the failure within the component has yet to be identified. For FP2 and the rest of the weekend, both cars will be fitted with uprights from a validated batch." The spokesman added that the reason why the left wheel came off as well was because "once one upright fails the loads on the remaining one are too great". In case you missed it, have a look at the crash here. We've also seen photos of Buemi coming into the garage and he is visibly angry and upset. That is hardly a surprise really when your front wheels go bang at around 194 mph.


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Lotus driver Heikki Kovalainen on Twitter: "First session behind, all ok no major issues, bit of tyre degradation due to very dusty track but it will improve during the afternoon."

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0630: And we're back. I trust you are fully refreshed. How was the break for you? I basically scoffed a lot of food. Not a fried breakfast, might save that for Sunday. The highlight of the break was bumping into comedian Frank Skinner at BBC reception. Don't think he recognised me though. I know the celeb spot graphic is meant for famous people at the race but as it's early, I think I can get away with it.

0455: Right, time for a cup of tea. Get some sleep, breakfast, dinner, chocolate - whatever you need to get you through the night - and I'll see you back here at 0630 BST for the second practice session. See you soon.


Force India on Twitter: "Productive session for both, lots of information for the weekend. Tonio [Vitantonio Liuzzi] will be back in for FP2."

Hispania Racing's Bruno Senna on Twitter: "This is the lowest grip I've ever had in my life!"

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Giles via text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide): "Re: post from bencedars. 2000? Pah, try mixing it with a dissertation on Australian Penal colonies! Though considering I'm in York there is a pattern emerging."

0440: Blimey, that was dramatic. You do not need to be a brain surgeon to work out that the Ferrari and Toro Rosso garages will be very, very busy places to be right now.

Ferrari on Twitter: "Felipe remained in 10th position. The crew is already at work to change Fernando's engine for FP2."

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Virgin Racing on Twitter: "Not a bad session, 19 laps for Timo and 27 for Lucas. Need to find more grip though."

0434: ... and they are followed by Kubica (1:37.716), Petrov (1:37.745), Webber (1:37.980), Sutil (1:38.008) and Massa (1:38.098).

0430: That's your lot for the first practice session. Here's a run down of the top five times - Button (1:36.677), Rosberg (1:36.748), Hamilton (1:36.775), Schumacher (1:37.509) and Vettel (1:37.601).

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bencedars on Twitter: "What is it about students in Yorkshire?! Still up in Huddersfield trying to mix F1 with 2000 word essay planning... "

0428: Michael Schumacher goes fourth with a 1:37.509. Two minutes left.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Shanghai has an update from Toro Rosso: "At the moment, we do not know the cause of Buemi's accident, other than some element of the car failed. The driver is OK."

BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz: "The whole Toro Rosso garage has shut down while they figure out what went wrong. Buemi has turned up looking freaked out and will need a moment to calm down."

0424: We are off again. Buemi's Toro Rosso team-mate Jaime Alguersuari will not be taking part in the final six minutes.

0421: Wonderful television pictures show a proud member of the public sitting next to one of Buemi's wheels, which has somehow managed to get over the fence. A large crowd has gathered around to take photos of him. That's one for the mantelpiece. Marshals are busy on the track cleaning away the debris.


0416: Big, big problems for Sebastien Buemi's Toro Rosso. As he brakes coming to the end of the back straight, his suspension completely shatters and his wheels pop off. He veers left and into the barrier but he is unharmed. He hops on a scooter to get a lift back to the pits. Red flag - the practice session is suspended.

Anon via text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide): "Music and F1, the perfect combo, is 4:15am too early to have a beer?"
Never too early, but you didn't hear that from me right?

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Ferrari on Twitter: "Not a good one but no worries, we knew this engine wasn't too good."

0408: Malaysia winner Seb Vettel is fourth quickest with a 1:37.601. Petrov is fifth (1:37.745), followed by Schumacher, Kubica (1:37.899), Mark Webber (1:37.980), Force India's Adrian Sutil (1:38.008) and Massa (1:38.098).

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maximiliano_t on Twitter: "Tell Tom he's not the only idiotic student in Sheffield up!! Though I may have to give in to sleep soon... "

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mark_hanna on Twitter: "Stuck in Washington because of 'ash-gate' but hopefully a GB one-two this weekend will brighten my weekend."

Bridgestone spokesman Andy Stobart on why the Shanghai track is so demanding on tyres: "Basically, because of high lateral forces. Turns Seven and Eight are very high speed, moving from left then right at speeds of up to 300km. Then there's a big long straight, so there is a lot of force going through the tyres. The cold temperature here is not so much of a trouble on the track because all the forces going through the tyres, so they are warming up quite quickly."

0357: Alonso walks off quickly to the back of the Ferrari garage. That's going to be an interesting meeting. Trulli has debris coming off his Lotus, part of his diffuser seems to have come loose at what looks like a pretty severe bump at the start of Turn One. Button is top with a 1:36.677 with Hamilton (1:36.775), Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg (1:37.595) and team-mate Michael Schumacher (1:37.809) making up the top four.

0353: More problems for Alonso. The Spaniard stops near the hairpin at Turn Six. Flames are coming out of the exhaust. He trudges off back to the pits and it looks like another engine failure. The engine in the car here is the same one he used for practice and qualifying in Bahrain, but was taken out for the race. Alonso did not finish in Malaysia after his engine blew on lap 55. So that's two of the eight he is allowed for the season now gone then. Earlier this week, Ferrari played down the problem. Nothing to see here. Promise.

BBC Sport's Sarah Holt in Shanghai: "Hispania rookie Bruno Senna is sampling the Shanghai circuit with its long straight and two famous 'snail' corners, which double back on themselves, for the first time in practice. Without the benefit of a simulator, as used by the top teams, the Brazilian has had to seek alternative methods to prepare himself for the task. 'First of all I was expecting higher temperatures," the 26-year-old said. 'I'm regretting coming so early now. If I knew it was going to be so cold I would have stayed in Monaco for an extra two days at least. I've been looking at the circuit on YouTube, watching onboard footage on the Formula 1 website and sometimes playing video games so you know where to turn helps. But we can learn the track pretty quickly - in 10-15 laps we should be at our full potential. It's just a question of working with the team to find the best we can do with the car as in terms of raw performance we are still behind. We want to be further up the road than this.'"

0348: It's lively out there. Button now sets the pace with a 1:37.008 while Hamilton improves his best to a 1:37.224. Alonso, Toro Rosso's Sebastien Buemi and Mercedes driver Michael Schumacher have yet to set a lap time.

0345: Hamilton goes quickest after a 1:37.536 with team-mate Jenson Button in second (1:37.832), Renault's Robert Kubica third (1:37.889) and Felipe Massa fourth (1:38.195).

BBC F1 commentator Jonathan Legard: "It's sometimes easy to overlook performances down the field in F1 and one of 2010's emerging stories is Jaime Alguersuari's first full season for Toro Rosso. The Spaniard has out-performed his team-mate Sebastien Buemi in every race so far and scored his first points at the last race in Malaysia by finishing ninth. I went to have a chat with him in Shanghai and he told me that he had so much more confidence this season even though he's not driven on the first four tracks in an F1 car. Alguersuari became the youngest F1 driver in history at the age of 19 when he was given the drive mid-season in 2009 but he says he wasn't ready. 'It wasn't my decision to come to F1,' said the product of Red Bull's young driver programme, 'I was just told I was doing it but now my self-confidence is amazing. I'm fitter and I'm learnng something different everytime I get in the car.'"

0339: More changes at the top of the timesheets now. Alguersuari, who finished ninth in Malaysia, goes quickest with a 1:38.504.

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ndr008 on Twitter: "Hey, meant to be working on my dissertation on internal combustion engines, but watching practice! Hope it will be good!"

0334: Di Resta goes quickest with a 1:39.101, Petrov improves to a 1:39.223 with Toro Rosso's Jaime Alguersuari third after a 1:39.232. BMW Sauber's Pedro de la Rosa is fourth with a 1:39.377.

0329: A big talking point over the last couple of weeks has been the row over ride-height devices. McLaren accused Red Bull of having one, which Red Bull strongly denied while F1's governing body, the FIA, has this week clarified the rules regarding the issue. Here's what Red Bull boss Christian Horner told BBC pit-lane reporter Holly Samos: "It all came about when Mark Webber ran wide in qualifying in Bahrain and sparks came from the car. We take it as a back-handed compliment. The car has been the same as it has been in the first three Grands Prix. There has never been a ride-height system."

0326: Virgin's Timo Glock sets a 1:48.239 but the left side of his front wing is hanging low and scrapping on the ground. Hispania's Bruno Senna posts a 1:44.966 while Chandhok improves to a 1:44.966. Renault's Vitaly Petrov, who is yet to finish a race, tops the timings with a 1:41.714.

Tom, idiotic student, Sheffield via text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide): "Why am I awake? Urgh. Oh well, what better than a spot of F1 practice?"

0321: Hispania Racing's Karun Chandhok is the second man on the board. He posts a 1:48.021.

DavidWanna on Twitter: "Good Morning from Thailand... Nice and warm here 35C at the moment. Yes, Schumi needs the practice."

0312: And we have our first time. Lewis Hamilton sets a 1:41.819. Apparently Volcanic Ash Thursday has caused quite a few problems in the world of F1. BBC Sport pundit Eddie Jordan is stuck in Britain and is desperately trying to get to Shanghai while BBC pit-lane reporter Ted Kravitz reports that Red Bull had major problems getting staff to China. An engineer and a mechanic, carrying six boxes of kit, had their flight cancelled but they managed to get to France to get on a plane.

alexmetcalf on Twitter: "Morning Mark, an evening wave from BC, Canada. More qualifying drama this weekend please, lest Red Bull start charging clear... "

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Force India on Twitter: "Installation laps completed for Paul and Adrian. All OK, track still quite green. they are out of the car for about 15 mins now."

The sun is out
0304: The sun is out in Shanghai, time for a graphic. No times posted as yet, only installation laps so far. Michael Schumacher is the only driver yet to take to the track.

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Jim in Gravesend via text on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide): "I'm awake but at work until six so not happy. Looking forward to this race and hoping that Lewis and Jenson the the business in China!"

0300: And we are go. Force India's reserve driver Paul di Resta and the Lotus of Jarno Trulli are the first cars out. Magic.


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Ferrari on Twitter: "Some new aero components will be used during the race weekend, some others are for the next future. On Fernando's car this morning we will have some of the parts which will compose the blowing rear wing system, but not the complete one."

0250: So we are three races in, with three different winners from three different teams. Last time out in Malaysia, Sebastian Vettel put the reliability problems of the opening two races behind him to claim his first victory of the new season. Mark Webber finished second to make it a Red Bull one-two. Ferrari and McLaren, meanwhile, made a complete horlicks of qualifying, misjudging the weather to have their drivers starting in 17th, 19th, 20th and 21st places. Of those four, McLaren's Lewis Hamilton fared the best, moving up from 20th to finish in sixth. Ferrari's Felipe Massa leads the standings on 39 points, with team-mate Fernando Alonso third and Vettel in second.

0242: And so to our intrepid reporter Sarah Holt. I'm still smarting from Jim Kerr-gate in Australia. The great man was not seen in the paddock while Holty compounded my misery by texting the office a photo of the great man performing with Simple Minds at Albert Park after the race. I'm sure I'll get over it. Anyway, here she is: "Hello from Shanghai. The chilly China temperatures here have been preoccupying Formula 1 folk before the cars take to the track. Rubens Barrichello was ruing forgetting to bring warm clothes from Brazil while his former Ferrari team-mate Michael Schumacher conducted his interviews with a thick, black scarf wound tightly around his fragile neck. Luckily, Shanghai has revealed sunny skies ahead of first practice but cool conditions could well play a part in tyre management and the teams' performance in qualifying and the race this weekend. Williams' driver Barrichello predicted: 'Looking on the positive side from these conditions, it should be a mixed grid once again. There were some teams struggling with tyre temperature in the previous races and they could struggle here once again while some of the teams outside the top four might play a bit better.' Practice will surely reveal more."

0236: First practice gets under way at 0300 BST, it hurts just saying that, with second practice following at 0700 BST. There's plenty of time to give me your chat ahead of the action. Just think of the benefits, first of all you will be playing a unique and highly-valued role in this commentary, and secondly, you will be keeping me company on this chilly night. Think of the warm feeling of satisfaction that will give you. Text me on 81111 (UK) or +44 7786200666 (worldwide) or tweet me on Twitter. It's for your own good.

0232: Morning all, is anyone awake? I expect that will be the first and last time that a BBC Sport live text commentary is introduced by the slap-bass rock-funk legend that is King. Couldn't resist using it - he's a bit of an office legend you see. Anyway, welcome to our coverage of the Chinese Grand Prix.

0230: "I've tried it this way, and I've tried it that way, but nothing beats the Chinese Way." Not my inspiring words. Oh no. That is the oratory of Level 42 frontman Mark King, and who are we to argue?





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Results

After 60 of 61 laps
Position Driver Team

Race stopped at 60 laps

1 Great Britain L Hamilton Mercedes
2 Germany S Vettel Red Bull
3 Australia D Ricciardo Red Bull
4 Spain F Alonso Ferrari
5 Brazil F Massa Williams
6 France J Vergne Toro Rosso
7 Mexico S Perez Force India
8 Finland K Raikkonen Ferrari
9 Germany N Hulkenberg Force India
10 Denmark K Magnussen McLaren
11 Finland V Bottas Williams
12 Venezuela P Maldonado Lotus
13 France R Grosjean Lotus
14 Russia D Kvyat Toro Rosso
15 Sweden M Ericsson Caterham
16 France J Bianchi Marussia
17 Great Britain M Chilton Marussia
18 Great Britain J Button (ret.) McLaren
19 Germany A Sutil (ret.) Sauber
20 Mexico E Gutierrez (ret.) Sauber
21 Germany N Rosberg (ret.) Mercedes
22 Japan K Kobayashi (ret.) Caterham

see also
Hamilton sets China practice pace
16 Apr 10 |  Formula 1
Buemi escapes 200mph China crash
16 Apr 10 |  Formula 1
Hamilton admits rivals are ahead
15 Apr 10 |  Formula 1
Massa undeterred by Kubica rumour
15 Apr 10 |  Formula 1
Ferrari play down engine concerns
14 Apr 10 |  Formula 1
McLaren untroubled by ride height
13 Apr 10 |  Formula 1
FIA clarifies ride-height rules
07 Apr 10 |  Formula 1
Return going to plan - Schumacher
09 Apr 10 |  Formula 1


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