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  1. Hamilton fastest in first and second practice
  2. Man arrested after running across track to enter Ferrari garage
  3. Massa and Kvyat crash, Vettel spins
  4. Jenson Button's 2011 Canadian GP win voted 'most surprising'

Live Reporting

By Jamie Strickland

All times stated are UK

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Goodbye all

That's it for today's live commentary. Thanks as ever for your company and interaction.

Andrew Benson's FP2 report is now on the site and can be read here. We'll also have an update on the track invader and any other juicy lines we can lay our hands on.

We'll be back with you tomorrow morning from 04:30 BST for third practice and qualifying.

And finally...

We'll be bringing an end to this broadcast shortly, but before we go, here's some of your F1/marriage puns.

Adrian Peckitt: With This Pit I Re-Tread, Whether on slicks or Full Wets

Shaun Bristow: I pronounce you Mansell and wife

Christopher Hill: You may now kiss the apex

Paul Bateman: Does any person here present know of any lawful brakepedalment why these two persons should not be joined in matrimony

Sterling efforts all round.

Hamilton happy after trouble-free session

"It was better than Malaysia - I got to do the whole session so I'm happy," Hamilton told BBC Radio 5 live's Jennie Gow.

"Generally the car was feeling good and it was nice to get the running and the preparations. Hopefully that will stand me in good stead.

"The Ferraris look like they were as quick as they were in Malaysia. But hopefully we're quicker."

Mercedes AMG F1 driver Lewis Hamilton

Vote result

The people have spoken...

We asked you to vote on the most surprising of all the surprise race winners over the years - but is it a surprise who came up trumps?

Jenson Button was your pick, taking 37.8% of the vote for his amazing win at the Canadian GP in 2011. Olivier Panis was second and Pastor Maldonado third.

Time for Jenson to crack open another bottle of bubbly...

Button champagne
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Hamilton wraps up practice double

So, it's as you might expect at the very top of the order with Lewis Hamilton fastest overall at the end of today's practice sessions.

His best time, set on the soft tyre, was a 1:37.219 - around four tenths faster than the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo takes third, a second down on Hamilton, with the second Ferrari of Sebastian Vettel in fourth. Nico Rosberg is 1.2secs down on team-mate Hamilton, although he did not seem to get a clean lap on the softer - and quicker - Pirelli tyre.

Chequered flag

Edge with Hamilton

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

Race pace 1st glance: HAM 0.5secs-ish faster than VET on softs; RAI & ROS closely matched on mediums. N.B. Subject to change on analysis

Lewis Hamilton

Memo to Kimi and Nico - it's not Sunday

Bit of needle on track there between the Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen and Mercedes's Nico Rosberg.

The two were side by side through the first corner and then continued to battle through the next few turns before Rosberg got ahead.

Save something for Sunday lads.

Pun time

Just on that bride and groom entry of a few moments ago. 'In sixth gear and in health'. Hmmmm, we're not sure.

We've come up with:


Holy Matra-mony

With this Hungaroring I thee wed

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Low-speed shunt drama

Daniil Kvyat just had an odd moment. With some flames and smoke coming from his left-rear brake, he was on a slow lap back to the pits but still carrying enough speed to run off track at the end of the long back straight.

The Red Bull bounced through a gravel trap and was almost at a stop when it kissed the crash barrier.

A soft impact but enough to remove the front wing.

F1 on Twitter: IN SIXTH GEAR AND IN HEALTH: Further proof that #F1 fans are the best fans!


F1 journalist Ian Parkes on Twitter

Police have arrested a Chinese #F1 fan who ran across the track along the main straight at the Shanghai International Circuit

Red Bulls on track - and shifting

Daniel Ricciardo, having spent much of FP2 in the garage due what Red Bull called "set-up tweaks", has gone third quickest on a 1:38.311.

Your top three with just under half an hour remaining is: Hamilton, Raikkonen, Ricciardo.

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo
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Vote for your most surprising F1 race winner

We've been asking all morning for your choices for F1's surprise race winners. We've tried to give you a taste of some of the standout candidates but it's far from an exhaustive list.

Even so, we've knuckled down to give you a list of eight race winners to choose from in a vote to find the most surprising winner.

We've gone for: Peter Gethin (1971 Italian GP), Vittorio Brambilla (1975 Austrian GP), Gilles Villeneuve (1981 Spanish GP), Olivier Panis (1996 Monaco GP), Johnny Herbert (1999 European GP), Sebastian Vettel (2008 Italian GP), Jenson Button (2011 Canadian GP), Pastor Maldonado (2012 Spanish GP). Apologies if your favourite is not listed.

The vote will close at the end of FP2

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Gilles Villeneuve wins in Spain in 1981
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Harry Harribo Repton: What about Johnny Herbert and Stewart GPS first win at the nurburgring in 99!

Steve Lank: For me it has to be Olivier Panis at Monaco in 1996 in a Ligier. What a legend!

Johnny Herbert wins in Germany in 1999
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Hamilton quickest

Moments before Felipe Massa's accident the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton had clawed its way back to the top of the timesheets.

On the soft tyre, the reigning champion posted a 1:37.219 - four tenths quicker than Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen, who also set his time on the soft.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton

Green flag

The Williams has been cleared away and we're off again.

Accident no 2 for Massa

Felipe Massa is having a trying day in the Williams.

The Brazilian, who span in FP1, lost his car under braking for the hairpin at turn 14 and skewed left into the barriers, his tyres squealing in protest as he went.

The front wing of his car was taken off and he's off back to the paddock on the back of a scooter.

Red flag

The Iceman cometh

Kimi Raikkonen has been out on a set of the soft Pirelli tyre and set the quickest time of the day by some margin.

The Ferrari has posted a 1:37.662 - 1.4s faster than Hamilton's previous best, posted on the harder tyre.

Hamilton and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg have gone out on the soft so a response should not be long in coming.

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen
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F1's surprise winners - Peter Gethin, 1971

Peter Gethin drives his BRM to victory at Monza in 1971
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Peter Gethin never completed a full season in F1 yet his is a name familiar to F1 fans the world over.

After earning a single championship point in his debut year with McLaren in 1970, Gethin arrived at the 1971 Italian Grand Prix at Monza with a best finish of eighth place under his belt that year. A win was not on the cards, especially after the Briton qualified in 11th, 1.48secs behind Chris Amon's Matra.

And yet.

After a race of high attrition, the battle for victory came down to five men - Ronnie Peterson, Francois Cevert, Mike Hailwood, Howden Ganley and Gethin. In a mad last-lap scramble, Gethin vaulted from fourth to first to take the chequered flag by 0.1secs from Peterson - the closest finish in F1 history.

Who was that guy?

Just to fill you in on a replay we saw a little while ago, a man dressed in rather anonymous attire was seen to run across the track from the main grandstand to the pit wall.

He got across the track just a few hundred yards ahead of a Force India and leapt over the pit wall.

We've not heard the last of this. Suspect the FIA will have something to say at the very least.

Rosberg closes gap on Hamilton

Nico Rosberg was half a second behind Lewis Hamilton in FP1 - an age in this here sport - but he's already got that gap down in FP2.

The German's 1:39.126 is a big improvement on his morning. He trails Hamilton by 0.068secs.

Everyone has gone out in this session bar the two Red Bulls of Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat.

Mercedes F1 driver Nico Rosberg

McLaren crack out the flow-vis

McLaren on Twitter: Splash of neon in the garage earlier as the team spray flow-vis on Fernando's car.


Vettel troubles the gravel

We've had a handful of cars pointing the wrong way today and Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari has just become the latest, the German doing a full 360, just catching the gravel, on the exit of turn three.

He carried on and radioed back to say the car was in good nick. Just overdoing it.

Ferrari F1 driver Sebastian Vettel

F1's surprise winners - Olivier Panis, 1996

This was a great story. The 1996 Monaco Grand Prix is rightly remembered as one of the best races of all time. A huge number of retirements, incidents and surprises, at the end of which Ligier's Olivier Panis had come from 14th on the grid to win.

A wet and wild race began with reigning world champion Michael Schumacher sliding into the barriers on lap one and did not look back from there - with just 11 cars running on lap 31 of a scheduled 78.

Olivier Panis takes victory in Monaco in 1996
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Damon Hill led and retired, as did Jean Alesi on lap 60, handing a lead to Panis that he would not relinquish.

But that was not the end of it. Jacques Villeneuve collided with backmarker Luca Badoer to reduce the field further, and when Eddie Irvine's unwise spin-turn on a blind corner took out Mika Salo and Mika Hakkinen, just four cars were running.

That became three when Heinz-Harald Frentzen peeled off on the penultimate lap, leaving Panis, David Coulthard and Johnny Herbert the only men running at the chequered flag.

Grosjean disturbs BBC writer

I've been sat on this picture of Romain Grosjean since around 2am UK time and only now do I feel ready to share it.

It's... intense. Apparently it shows his jet lag.

Anyhoo, it's pertinent because he's actually in the car in FP2, having given up his seat to Britain's Jolyon Palmer in opening practice.

Grosjean selfie
Roman Grosjean

Green light

Second free practice is under way.

Manor Marussia's Roberto Mehri is your first man on track.

Manor Marussia driver Roberto Mehri

McLaren on Twitter: Paella with the press. Fernando Alonso and Eric Boullier spotted sharing tapas with the Spanish media.

Alonso Paella

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David Hardwick: Hill and R. Schumacher Jordan 1-2 Spa 1998. Surprised anyone made it to the end of the GP. Last men standing and Alesi 3rd

Kev Ambrose: Jo Siffert British Grand Prix, Brands Hatch 1968 in Rob Walker's Lotus 49

Red Bull go back to basics

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

"For Red Bull, it has been a sobering start to the season. The controversy over Renault's lack of performance drew attention away from the team's struggles with their car in Melbourne, to the extent that when team boss Christian Horner, in the midst of his diatribe about the quality of Renault's engines, gave a very unconvincing answer to a question about why the Toro Rossos were so close to their big-budget works team, he was allowed to get away with it without a follow-up.

Daniil Kvyat at the Chinese Grand Prix
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"Malaysia, though, brought home some uncomfortable truths - Toro Rosso flat beat the senior team there. Daniil Kvyat, promoted to Red Bull from Toro Rosso for this season said this 'opened our eyes a little bit'. And it is now clear that the RB11 is far from the greatest Red Bull the team have ever produced.

"Among the changes for this weekend are a reversion to a different brand of brakes from the one experimented with in Malaysia. Kvyat's team-mate Daniel Ricciardo said: 'Obviously we're experimenting with a few things but for now we're going to go back to what we know, to get the basics right. So we've reverted back on quite a few things and even to stuff from last year, which we knew was more efficient. It's obviously older, but it doesn't mean it's not better.'"

Bravo Mercedes, bravo

Mercedes on Twitter: Was it something we said?! #SadSeat #CheerUp

sad seat

McLaren looking up?

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

"There were further signs of significant progress from McLaren in first practice. Fernando Alonso was seventh fastest after the first runs. He did not improve after that, but Jenson Button did, leapfrogging ahead of the Spaniard and ending up 13th.

"McLaren gained what Button estimated to be 1.5secs on Mercedes between Australia and Malaysia and, while not expecting that progress again, expect to make another significant step in China.

"Will they be able to mix it in the lower midfield, thanks to Honda learning on the engine - the team's biggest handicap - and further aerodynamic upgrades this weekend?"

McLaren-Honda driver Fernando Alonso

F1's surprise winners - Vittorio Brambilla, 1975

Vittorio Brambilla would finish in the points just nine times in a seven-year F1 career, with only one of those finishes on the podium. The top step to be precise.

After picking up just one championship point in his first F1 season, burly Italian Brambilla retired from eight of the first 11 races of 1975 before improbably winning the 12th - the rain-hit Austrian GP at the Osterreichring.

Having qualified his March in eighth, Brambilla made a flying start to run third early on before passing future world champions Niki Lauda and James Hunt to lead. With the rain intensifying, race officials called a halt to the race after 29 of 54 laps.

Brambilla famously crashed into the barriers within moments of taking the chequered flag, but his place in the history books was assured.

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We've been asking for your picks for F1's surprise winners.

We've had loads of great suggestions and we'll be recapping some of them as we amble through the next couple of hours.

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Mercedes bare their teeth

Andrew Benson

Chief F1 writer

"Mercedes were in a different league in the first practice session, and this second 90 minutes should give a good indication of whether that advantage is real or whether Ferrari are in the ballpark again.

"It was the race-simulation runs in the second half of P2 in Malaysia that first indicated how strong Ferrari were looking there - as Ferrari technical director James Allison said in Sepang, 'those Friday runs tend not to lie'.

"So after the headline lap times are set on the soft tyre, the 'race sims' will make interesting reading."

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton

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Me too. Thirty minutes til they're back on track.

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas

Bye for now

Right, that's us done for the time being.

You can read Andrew Benson's FP1 report here.

We'll be back at 06:30 BST for the build up to second practice, which gets under way at 07:00.

In the meantime, keep your surprise winners coming in. We'll recap some of your suggestions when we're back with you.

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Daniel Riley: Gilles Villeneuve '81 Spanish GP, with four cars on the tail of his 'Cadillac' Ferrari?

Graham Wilson: Pastor Maldonado, Barcelona 2012. kept it on track for the entire race. shocker.

Ariel Hernandez: Vettel in Monza 08. He's won so many races afterwards that one tends to forget how much of a shock that Toro Rosso win was.

Team radio

Williams driver Felipe Massa: "Engine was not good on the timed lap."

Massa finished that session in 10th place, just one-thousandth of a second behind team-mate Valtteri Bottas but a full two seconds off Lewis Hamilton.

Williams driver Felipe Massa
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