Is Ferrari still in the game?

Is Ferrari still in the game?

Friday's Chinese GP free practice running offered hints at the competitive order throughout the field. BEN ANDERSON breaks down the numbers on Mercedes v Ferrari, Williams v Red Bull, McLaren's hopes and more

After its stunning showing in Malaysia last time out, Ferrari approaches this Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix with the weight of Formula 1 fans' expectations resting on its shoulders.

The headline laptimes from the first day of F1 running at the Shanghai circuit indicate what we already knew - that Mercedes still has a significant pace advantage over its nearest rival. Lewis Hamilton lapped over four tenths faster than Kimi Raikkonen on the softer tyre in the second free practice session - his ultimate margin of 0.443 seconds roughly 0.07s bigger than the advantage he held over the Finn at the same stage in Malaysia.

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