Chinese GP: Sebastian Vettel top as Lewis Hamilton struggles

Formula 1


Chinese GP qualifying is live on 5 live sports extra and the BBC Sport website

Sebastian Vettel headed a Ferrari one-two in final practice at the Chinese Grand Prix as Mercedes struggled.

Lewis Hamilton had a scrappy session, featuring a number of errors including a huge 540-degree spin, and was fifth, a second off the pace of his title rival.

Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas was third, but 0.743 seconds off Vettel. Red Bull’s Max Verstappen was fourth.

Daniel Ricciardo suffered a major engine failure in his Red Bull.

Ricciardo’s Renault engine failed in a cloud of flame and smoke, and Red Bull face a race against time to get the car ready for qualifying at 07:00 BST.

More to follow

Oh dear: Ricciardo’s engine failure compounded Red Bull’s miserable start to the season



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