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Shanghai FP1: Hamilton sets the early pace in

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton was fastest in the opening practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday with championship leader Sebastian Vettel only sixth quickest in his Ferrari at the Shanghai International Circuit. Hamilton lapped the 5.4km circuit in 1:33.999 seconds, 0.359 of a second clear of Ferrari´s Kimi Raikkonen. The Finn´s best effort was set on the grippier ultra-soft tyres while Hamilton´s was on softs. Vettel, winner of the first two races in Australia and Bahrain, was 0.862 seconds off Hamilton´s pace. Hamilton´s Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was third fastest ahead of Red Bull pair Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen. German Vettel, the first Ferrari...
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