Team representatives – Pat Fry (Ferrari), Charlie Whiting (Fia), Yasuhisa Arai (Honda), Andy Cowell (Mercedes AMG HPP), Rob White (Renault Sport F1) Q: If we can start with you Charlie? The new power units have excited a lot of debate since the beginning of the year. Will you once again briefly take us through the philosophy behind this technology and why F1 believes it was the right time to introduce it
Lewis Hamilton fastest again as Fernando Alonso gives new Ferrari boss Marco Mattiacci something to smile about
Nico Rosberg’s thrilling battle with Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain was still the hot topic of conversation when the teams and drivers arrived in China. After an opening day of running in Shanghai that suggested the two silver cars could again be fighting it out for victory on Sunday, Rosberg spoke to the media about the fallout from the race in Sakhir
LH44 tops the timesheets; NR6 third in Friday Practice, Shanghai
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton saw off the challenge of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in Shanghai on Friday afternoon, despite not being entirely happy with the balance of his car throughout FP2. Nico Rosberg was third fastest in the second Mercedes, while Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel completed the top five.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton set the pace on the first day of running in Shanghai, but Fernando Alonso’s performance in the Ferrari meant that it was not the customary Mercedes 1-2 on the time sheets. In front of new boss Marco Mattiacci, the Spaniard set the second fastest time, just over a tenth slower than Hamilton.
Fernando Alonso edged out Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg to set the pace in a chilly FP1 session in China on Friday, which was also the first for Ferrari under new team principal Marco Mattiacci. Daniel Ricciardo was third fastest for Red Bull, with McLaren’s Jenson Button and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg completing the top five
Hard on the heels of the brilliant Bahrain Grand Prix, in which Lewis Hamilton’s narrow victory over Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg undermined criticism that the new hybrid turbo cars make the racing boring, Formula One is facing fresh controversy after the FIA president, Jean Todt, announced last week that he has given up plans for a cost cap in 2015 because the six biggest teams do not want one.
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McLaren’s Jenson Button will be aiming for another podium finish in Sunday’s 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix. The former champion admits there is little hope of overhauling Mercedes in Shanghai, but insists he and his fellow drivers can play a key role in gradually closing the gap to the Silver Arrows
Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel has had a tough start to his title defence – three rounds into the 2014 season, just one podium finish, a new team mate pushing him hard, and little sign of Red Bull challenging for victories. Talking to the media in Shanghai ahead of this weekend’s 2014 Formula 1 UBS Chinese Grand Prix, Vettel spoke about Daniel Ricciardo, Mercedes’ dominance, Stefano Domenicali’s departure and more
Jenson Button has played down the size of Mercedes’ advantage but also believes it would be “very impressive” if any team was able to catch them before the midway point in 2014