Sebastian Vettel tops first practice in China

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Lewis Hamilton admits he has work to do with his Mercedes auto after a tough second practice session in Shanghai, although Valtteri Bottas was in impressive form once again.

Their race coverage begins at 5.30am BST on Sunday. It was won by Giuseppe Farina driving an Alfa Romeo.

Designed by renowned F1 architect Hermann Tilke, the Shanghai International Circuit opened in 2004 at a cost of 450 million USA dollars, making it at the time the world's costliest motorsport venue.

Gasly tried to pass him in the final corner as he wasn't anxious about the gap so much as ensuring the Renault's didn't out qualify him, but Verstappen fuming at this point blocked his teammate and as a result neither Red Bull or Haas could put in a lap time towards the end.

The Finn, who leads team mate Lewis Hamilton by one point in the overall standings and was fifth in the first of Friday's two 90-minute sessions, set a benchmark time of one minute 33.330 seconds in the afternoon. In the Constructors' Championship, Mercedes leads with 87 versus the 48 of Ferrari and 31 of Red Bull.

Shanghai is far from Formula One's most tradition-steeped venues.

There's bundles of stuff to get through before we're lights out so I'll curtail this preamble and start sending through plenty of goodies to whet the appetite.

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Zidane won three straight Champions League crowns with Madrid before abruptly resigning following their 2018 triumph in Kiev. But now the most important thing is this weekend (at home to West Ham), so we're going to focus on that'.

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Admitting "they obviously have a great package", the Briton added: "You could say (they have) a stronger package than past year".

Hamilton does not expect his Mercedes team to have closed the gap in that department, and sees the Red Bull team as a serious threat too.

Carey tipped his hat to China, which is a likely target for as second race as Formula One looks to expand in Asia. The race has been part of the Formula One calendar since making its debut in 2004 and is set to remain part of the championship until at least next year.

He said: "I am not one for birthdays, I'm not one for anniversaries, I'm not one for particularly special days like this". "An incredible opportunity to marry our rich history with our exciting future".

The five-time world champion has competed in nearly a quarter of F1's 999 races and, from those 231 starts, he has enjoyed remarkable success, with his 74 wins ranking second only to racing great Michael Schumacher. He won the title, aged 23 and 134 days in 2010 (David Davies/PA) Fangio is the oldest victor. While there is no rule about overtaking on the qualifying laps, there is a sort of gentleman's agreement among the drivers, to not pass each other on the second last or the last corner before a flying lap.

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