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Vrije training Shanghai

Michael Schumacher
“It was a trouble-free day, and I am quite happy with how our car is handling so far here. The balance of the car was reasonably good, and obviously a balanced car contributes a lot to lap time. As a team, we are a lot stronger in certain areas this season, and we have a much better base to work from, although we are not quite where we want to be with this car yet but I am confident we will get there. We will now have to look deeper into the data in order to find out where we really are here, but I am looking forward to tomorrow's qualifying.”

Nico Rosberg
“It’s important for us at the moment that we try a lot of different evaluations during practice to improve our race pace. So I think it was a decent start to the race weekend today as we learned quite a few interesting things. The conditions were so changeable today that it was difficult to take the right decisions in terms of set-up work, and we struggled a little with the front tyres. That may have been caused by the cold temperatures today, and can change very quickly between now and the race, so I am not too concerned.”

Ross Brawn
“We had a useful second session on the dry track this afternoon and were able to carry over some of the work that we wanted to do this morning to ensure that we completed our planned programme. Whilst our low fuel runs look good, our primary focus has been on race pace and working to understand the tyres so that we can use them as well as possible on Sunday.”

Norbert Haug
“We are not reading too much into today's lap times but we are quite positive about what we have learned in terms of race simulations and the comparison between the tyre types on both our cars. In the limited time available after the wet first session, our team and drivers did a good job finding a solid basis to work from tomorrow.”
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GP China: Banden en inhaalacties zorgen voor spannende race

Two points for ninth place was the sum total that Scuderia Ferrari took away from the Chinese Grand Prix, thanks to a ninth place for Fernando Alonso. Team-mate Felipe Massa finished in thirteenth spot. Nico Rosberg had a perfect weekend, converting Saturday’s pole into a commanding win, his very first in the top category of motorsport. It was also a maiden victory for his Mercedes team in its current incarnation. Completing the podium with the German were the two McLaren drivers, in the order Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton. As expected, Fernando thus loses the lead in the Drivers’ championship, slipping to third behind the two McLaren men, this time in the order Hamilton, Button. The Scuderia is third in the Constructors’ classification.

Tyres and traffic were the key factor today with the Prime seemingly the most suited to the track conditions. There was a variety of strategies in use, with the winner opting for a two stop and his two closest pursuers using four sets of tyres, which would only work if they kept clear of traffic. This would later affect Fernando as he spent time stuck behind slower cars, unable to get by because of the F2012’s lack of top speed. Not only were the number of stops varied, but the difference in stint length also made for a fascinating race as drivers fought one another with different rates of tyre wear.

Everyone got away cleanly at the start, with Vergne starting from pit lane in the Toro Rosso. Rosberg and Schumacher maintained their front row grid positions for Mercedes, while Fernando Alonso went from ninth to eighth on the opening lap and Felipe Massa went from twelfth to tenth. The Brazilian made up an extra place when Webber ahead of him made an early stop on lap 7 to switch to the Prime tyre, however, the Ferrari man had the Lotus of Grosjean just half a second behind him. Vettel was the next to pit in the Red Bull on lap 10 followed by Hulkenberg who also changed the nose on his Force India. Raikkonen and Hamilton pitted together and the McLaren got the advantage as they went down pit lane side by side. Back on track, Webber also managed to get past the Lotus.

On lap 14, Rosberg pitted from the lead, one lap after Schumacher parked out on track to retire, so this meant Perez was leading in the Sauber. Felipe, also yet to stop, was lying second while Fernando, who had pitted on lap 12 was eighth. Rosberg was third at this point, followed by the McLarens of Button and Hamilton, then Webber and Raikkonen. Completing the top ten behind Fernando were Kobayashi and Grosjean. Felipe, still on the Prime tyre, took the lead on lap 17 when Perez pitted the Sauber.
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Felipe made his first pit stop on lap 18, which dropped him down to fourteenth, also finding himself in traffic, while Fernando was sixth. At the front, on lap 20 the order was Rosberg, Button, Hamilton, Webber, Raikkonen. The Australian Red Bull driver was again the first driver to make the second stop on lap 22, as Fernando was closing on fourth placed Raikkonen. Hamilton pitted on lap 23 from third taking on the Prime tyre. Lap 24 saw Fernando still fourth behind Raikkonen while Felipe was now 12th behind Di Resta in the Force India. Button made a second stop on lap 25, which meant Fernando was lying third, behind Rosberg and Raikkonen. One lap later, Hamilton managed to squeeze himself past Felipe who thus dropped to thirteenth and on lap 27, Webber got past the F2012 at the same point on the track. Fernando pitted for a second time and the Ferrari rejoined in 13th, one place behind his team-mate. On different strategies, the Spaniard, who was three stopping, was able to pass the two-stopping Brazilian on lap 31 and then moved up to ninth, passing Di Resta. As Vettel pitted from seventh, the two Ferraris each moved up a place on lap 32. Grosjean pitted from second on lap 33, with Button now in second place, faster than anyone, running a three stop strategy, but 14.5 seconds adrift of Rosberg.

Behind the Englishman, Perez, Hamilton and Webber were having a fantastic scrap for third place, until the Sauber pitted on lap 36. Rosberg made his second and final stop, rejoining behind a new leader, Jenson Button, with the Mercedes hoping to go to the end of the race from here while the McLaren would visit the pits once more. Fernando was now fourth with Felipe, yet to make his second stop, behind him but over eight seconds down. Lap 38 and Hamilton came in just ahead of Fernando, the two men battling for third, rejoining 10th and 11th. While the McLaren would now be able to work its way past slower cars, the Ferrari man could not. Button came in from the lead on lap 40, but a delay on changing the left rear cost him too much time and he rejoined sixth.

Rosberg was back in command, now with Felipe second, 17.5 behind, followed very closely by Raikkonen, Vettel, Button and Grosjean. As Felipe made his second stop, on lap 41he dropped down to 14th. Fernando slipped off the track trying to pass Maldonaldo. With nine laps remaining there was a massive crocodile of six cars behind second placed Raikkonen, all of them nose to tail. The final laps were chaotic, conditioned by tyre wear and the Finn spiralled down the order, eventually finishing 14th, just behind Felipe. Vettel was second for a while but he could not fend off the two McLarens or his team-mate Mark Webber who finished fourth, with the reigning world champion in fifth. Grosjean came home sixth for Lotus ahead of the two Williams of Senna and Maldonaldo, while in the final points place behind Fernando, came the Sauber of Kobayashi.

Packing up the cars and equipment is a high-speed operation at the Shanghai Circuit as there are just four days to go before the engines are fired up again, this time at the Sakhir Circuit which hosts next Sunday’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

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