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Summary

  1. Final practice & qualifying Saturday from 03:30 BST
  2. Hamilton fastest - Mercedes & Ferrari all within one tenth of a second
  3. Vandoorne stops with loose wheel, Stroll and Grosjean spin
  4. Hamilton fastest in first practice
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Live Reporting

By Gary Rose

All times stated are UK

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And to round things off, here's Andrew Benson's report on second practice.

That's it from us, but we'll be back at 03:30 BST for coverage of qualifying day.

Set the alarm and hopefully see you then!

What happened this morning?

  • Lewis Hamilton fastest in both practice sessions.
  • Just a tenth of a second separated the Mercedes and Ferraris in second practice
  • Stoffel Vandoorne had to stop towards the end of second practice after tyre not properly attached

Lewis Hamilton just 0.007s ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and just a tenth of a second separating Mercedes and Ferrari. It's nicely set up for a very close weekend!

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Jolyon Palmer

Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

I get the feeling Mercedes have the advantage. They were dominant in first practice, second practice is a little more relevant but Mercedes are always capable of turning it up.

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Chequered flag

Lewis Hamilton finishes quickest in second practice for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Now Fernando Alonso has Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon for company. All on inters.

Bit of rain ain't stopping Fernando Alonso. As everyone else heads in, Alonso heads out on inters.

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Marcus Ericsson locks up and goes straight ahead at Turn 4. That's probably enough to convince everyone it's not worth taking any risks and calling it quits for the day.

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Plenty of drivers are not taking risks as they head back to the pits with just eight minutes of the session remaining.

"What do you think of the track, Daniel," Red Bull race engineer asks Daniel Ricciardo.

"At the moment it is OK. A little bit greasy," Ricciardo says.

"Don't take any risks." he is told.

McLaren's weather predictions were bang on as rain is coming down now on parts of the track.

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Kayleigh: Well at least it’s not an engine issue

Jolyon Palmer

Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

What is going on with these tyres in Formula 1?

Stoffel Vandoorne pulls to the side of the track.

"The tyre is not," he reports.

Another tyre not properly attached. That's the third race weekend in a row there's been issues with tyres not being attached properly. What's going on?

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Sebastian Vettel has swapped the ultrasofts for medium tyres now, so Ferrari have used all three compounds in this session.

Rain in '11 minutes'

"We're expecting rain in 11 minutes," Stoffel Vandoorne is told.

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Lex: Unpopular opinion? Räikkönen is a much better driver than Ferrari allow him to be during races.

Standard split strategies at Ferrari as Sebastian Vettel circulates on ultrasofts while Kimi Raikkonen returns to the track on softs.

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Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

That's not encouraging signs for race strategists, I would have thought.

"I'm falling off the cliff with the tyre," reports Carlos Sainz.

That's come after just seven laps on the ultrasofts...

Jolyon Palmer

Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra

Because of the fast, long corners they put a lot of stress on the tyres. The ultrasoft is going to be the one for qualifying but for the race it appears to be giving up very quickly.

Several drivers are lapping on the ultrasofts now, seeing how far they can go before the drop off is too much.

What's happened so far?

Just getting up or on your way to work? Then here's what you've missed so far:

  • Dominant Hamilton fastest in first practice.
  • Hamilton also quickest after qualifying simulation runs in second practice.
  • However, Raikkonen just 0.007s off Hamilton
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Jeremiah Kariuki: Kimi is always doing well in the Free Practices. But he disappears completely during the race day. Is he the guinea pig to collect information and data for Ferrari which they then use for Vettel? Or maybe, he is unlucky with races.

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Marcus Ericsson is popping out in purple but the majority of his fellow drivers are coming to the end of their qualifying simulation runs and moving onto their long run programme.

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A couple of Kimi Raikkonen fans in the stands squeal with delight as their favourite Finn powers past them on his way to a very good lap. He does a 1:33.489, within 0.007s of Lewis Hamilton.

Top three of Hamilton, Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas separated by just 0.033s.

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Everyone has done a lap on the ultrasofts so here's the top 10 times:

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A few more ultrasoft tyre run times popping up on the board as Sebastian Vettel goes third quickest, a tenth slower than Lewis Hamilton while Max Verstappen is fourth, two tenths further back.

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Spin!

Lance Stroll spins at Turn 8, sliding rear first off the track.

"Oh, I spun," he says over the radio, before getting back on his way. Tyres kaput though.

Meanwhile, his team-mate Sergey Sirotkin has lost his right mirror somewhere along the way. Word of advice for his fellow drivers, stick to the left of the Williams if you attempt a pass because he can't see nowt on the other side.

Good lap Valtteri Bottas! On the ultrasofts, he gets to within 0.033s of Lewis Hamilton's time.

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A little mistake at Turn 11 prevents Lewis Hamilton from completing a set of best sector times but it's still enough to put him back into P1 with 1:33.482, half a second quicker than anyone else.

All eyes on Nico Hulkenberg as his purple-tyre run sees him go third quickest with 1:34.313.

Lewis Hamilton is back out on the track now and he's sporting those zippy ultrasofts.

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Least favourite race

Nikhil: Abu Dhabi hands down. A track designed by firework specialists where you cannot overtake is not fit for a season finale.

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Kimi Raikkonen takes advantage of Lewis Hamilton's absence from the track to go quickest of all, a tenth quicker than the Mercedes.

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