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Summary

  1. Raikkonen fastest in second practice, Vettel 2nd, Rosberg 3rd, Hamilton 4th
  2. Ferrari beat Mercedes in qualifying simulations
  3. Gutierrez's rear brakes catch fire
  4. Rosberg fastest in first practice, multiple car failures

Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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It's Ferrari's day as Kimi Raikkonen tops second practice. Could they be about to take the fight to Mercedes? 

It's time for us bring the curtain down on our coverage of Friday practice. Head here to read Andrew Benson's report and join us again tomorrow at 04:30 BST for final practice. 

Oh, and the team that has won the most races in Shanghai? Ferrari, with four.

Just saying...

FP2 result

11) Alonso 12) Button 13) Kvyat 14) Massa 15) Palmer 16) Grosjean 17) Wehrlein 18) Ericsson 19) Haryanto 20) Nasr 21) Gutierrez  

No time: Magnussen

FP2 top 10

1) Raikkonen 2) Vettel 3) Rosberg 4) Hamilton 5) Ricciardo 6) Verstappen 7) Hulkenberg 8) Sainz 9) Perez 10) Bottas 

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"What a session by Ferrari. Maurizio Arrivabene cannot wipe the smile off his face at the minute."

Chequered flag

Kimi Raikkonen finishes fastest in second practice for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

The longevity of the super soft tyre will improve as more rubber goes down on the track. Ferrari I imagine will be encouraged by the life of the super soft.

Sebastian Vettel is on his 16th lap on this stint on the super softs, but his times have dropped off massively, his latest effort a 1:50.814.

A couple of moments for Lewis Hamilton as he runs wide at Turn 6 and then locks up at Turn 14. 

Meanwhile, Fernando Alonso is done for the day. He is out of his McLaren and slapping on a baseball cap and some nifty looking shades for the final two minutes of practice.

After that bit of 'boogity' Jenson Button is out of his McLaren now but Fernando Alonso is still out there, 17 laps to the good on a set of softs.

Boogity is a good word. I feel compelled to start using it more.

A bit of British battle going on between Jolyon Palmer and Jenson Button. 

Palmer overtakes at the end of the long straight but overcooks it into Turn 14 and Button nips back ahead. Palmer has another go, running alongside Button before a brief foray off the track.

"Happy to try the other wing," says Romain Grosjean. 

Haas are too as in goes the Frenchman and the switch is made. 

Daniel Ricciardo completes a 12 lap stint and heads in. He had been lapping in the 1:44s but from lap seven onwards the drop off was quite dramatic. 

Final 30 minutes of #FP2 at #PirelliChinaGrandPrix and teams are concentrating on longer runs in preparation for race #F1

Otherwise known as "go get a coffee time".

Ferrari a proper threat?

Tom Clarkson

BBC Radio 5 live commentator

"Looking at Mercedes, one driver is on the soft tyre and one is on the medium so that will help them get an overall picture on how tyre wear will affect them on Sunday. Why have Mercedes changed policy for this race? The conclusion I think is that they see Ferrari as a proper threat at this race. They need to see the overall picture because they need to stay ahead of Ferrari."

Kimi Raikonnen fan
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Ferrari, and in particular Kimi Raikkonen, are clearly very popular in China. That model isn't very lifelike, though. His celebration is far too enthusiastic. 

Mark Gallagher

BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

"I have been watching Daniel Ricciardo's last three laps and has done 1:44s pretty consistently. That's after six laps on super softs so now we need to see where it goes in terms of a drop off."

Both Mercedes reach the end of their stint on the super softs. A big drop off towards the end as Nico Rosberg's 13th and final lap on the red walled tyre is a 1:51.8, while Lewis Hamilton's is a 1:50.2.

Rosberg is back out on softs, while Hamilton has gone for mediums.

Look at the pretty colours

#AeroPaint #FloViz #ChineseGP 🇨🇳

#AeroPaint #FloViz #ChineseGP 🇨🇳

Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez are well into their long runs at the moment. Most drivers are on super softs but they have opted for softs.

Lewis Hamilton is onto his ninth lap on super softs with half an hour of the session remaining.

Valtteri Bottas is currently 10th quickest, with Felipe Massa 14th.

Tom Clarkson spoke to Williams' head of performance engineering Rob Smedley a little earlier about Massa's tyre failure in first practice. Here's what he had to say.

“We’re fairly confident we know what it is. I don’t want to go into a huge amount of detail. It is not a manufacturer problem and it certainly doesn’t appear to be a tyre problem. We have some containment in place and we’re fairly confident it should be OK.”

Mid-run pitstop adjustment for JB. Both drivers back in the garage, talking to the team. #ChineseGP
Mid-run pitstop adjustment for JB. Both drivers back in the garage, talking to the team. #ChineseGP

Mid-run pitstop adjustment for JB. Both drivers back in the garage, talking to the team. #ChineseGP

...and now he goes quickest! Kimi Raikkonen dips below 1:37 to move into P1 with 1:36.896. That's two tenths quicker than Nico Rosberg. Ferrari taking the right to Mercedes?

Now it's Raikkonen's turn - and he goes 0.109 quicker than Vettel to take top spot #ChineseGP 🇨🇳 #FP2

Now it's Raikkonen's turn - and he goes 0.109 quicker than Vettel to take top spot #ChineseGP 🇨🇳 #FP2

Now then! Kimi Raikkonen is fastest of all through the first two sectors. The Finn is flying...

Kimi Raikkonen is out now with red boots on. Can he make it a Ferrari one-two in their qualifying runs? 

@bbcf1 watched Vettel’s lap, he missed the apex at T6 & the hairpin, so maybe more time to come from him #bbcf1

...and he goes quickest! Sebastian Vettel completes the lap in 137.005, a tenth of a second quicker than Nico Rosberg. Ferrari finally taking the fight to Mercedes this weekend?

Just like that, on supersofts, VETTEL goes FASTEST with a time of 1:37.005 💪 #ChineseGP 🇨🇳 #FP2

Just like that, on supersofts, VETTEL goes FASTEST with a time of 1:37.005 💪 #ChineseGP 🇨🇳 #FP2

A personal best through the first sector for Sebastian Vettel, fastest of all through the second sector...

Practice start for Lewis Hamilton. After he was slow off the mark in both Australia and Bahrain he'll need all the practice he can get.

Meanwhile, while the rest of the drivers are getting ready for long runs, Sebastian Vettel is out with the super softs on. It's time for a quali run.

PACE-SETTERS, #FP2: 1 ROS 1:37.133 2 HAM 1:37.329 3 RIC 1:38.143 4 VES 1:38.268 5 HUL 1:38.527 #ChineseGP 🇨🇳

PACE-SETTERS, #FP2: 1 ROS 1:37.133 2 HAM 1:37.329 3 RIC 1:38.143 4 VES 1:38.268 5 HUL 1:38.527 #ChineseGP 🇨🇳

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Kimi Raikkonen has got his wish because he has been rescued from his long-run woes and is currently being wheeled back into his garage. We're still waiting for Ferrari to show what they can do on the super softs in this session.

So far so good for Felipe Massa after his first practice troubles. He currently has the seventh quickest time, but hello McLaren. Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button are currently fourth and fifth quickest respectively. Alonso's super soft run (1:38.728) is 1.5s off Nico Rosberg's benchmark time.

Early days, but could McLaren be in for a good weekend?

Kimi Raikkonen is having fun out there.

Actually, no he's not. "Is there any point in keeping going because it is absolutely *beep*," he moans over the radio.

Lewis Hamilton is fastest of all through the middle sector but his final sector lets him down and he can only go second quickest, two tenths slower than Nico Rosberg. 

Alberto Ascari
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If Nico Rosberg wins Sunday's race, he will become only the fourth driver to win six races in a row. 

The others are Sebastian Vettel (nine), Alberto Ascari (seven) and Michael Schumacher (seven).

Nico Rosberg's first time on the super soft tyres is a 1:37.133. That's only a few tenths of a second quicker than his time on the softs. Lewis Hamilton is coming round now on his super soft run.