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Ricciardo fastest in rainy practice at Chinese GP

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 18, 2014 at 11:57 pm •  Published: April 18, 2014
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SHANGHAI (AP) — Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest time on a slippery track in the final practice session at the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday as the other top drivers limited their running due to the wet weather.

Ricciardo completed his lap around the Shanghai International Circuit in 1 minute, 53.958 seconds, about 0.5 seconds faster than Felipe Massa of Williams in second. Lotus driver Romain Grosjean set the third-fastest time of the morning.

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso did not set a timed lap in the session, spending much of the time in the garage.

A fine rain fell throughout the morning, with more showers predicted for the qualifying session in the afternoon. It looks likely to be the third wet qualifying session of the F1 season, following the rainy conditions in Australia and Malaysia, with both poles won by Hamilton.

Mercedes looks to be the team to beat again in Saturday's qualifying session after posting fast times on the track in practice Friday, though Alonso, Ricciardo and four-time defending world champion Sebastian Vettel were not far off the pace.

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