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Practice Two - Hamilton leads McLaren-Mercedes scrap 16 Apr 2010

Lewis Hamilton (GBR) McLaren signs autographs for the fans.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Chinese Grand Prix, Preparations, Shanghai, China, Thursday, 15 April 2010 Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Chinese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Shanghai, China, Friday, 16 April 2010 Nico Hulkenberg (GER) Williams FW32.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Chinese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Shanghai, China, Friday, 16 April 2010 Jarno Trulli (ITA) Lotus T127.
Formula One World Championship, Rd 4, Chinese Grand Prix, Practice Day, Shanghai, China, Friday, 16 April 2010

McLaren once again headed Friday afternoon’s second practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix, but this time it was Lewis Hamilton who set the pace with 1m 35.217s. The times were close, however, with Mercedes GP’s Nico Rosberg again separating the MP4-25s with a best lap of 1m 35.465s compared to Jenson Button’s 1m 35.593s.

Michael Schumacher was well in the hunt with the second Mercedes on 1m 35.602s, and the two Red Bulls of Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber completed the sub-1m 36s runners with respective times of 1m 35.791s and 1m 35.995s.

Adrian Sutil was again quick for Force India with the seventh fastest time of 1m 36.254s, while Toro Rosso ran only Jaime Alguersuari while Sebastien Buemi’s STR5 was repaired after its extraordinary accident during the morning session. That was traced to failure of the right front upright, its opposite number immediately following suit as all the loadings were transferred from one side to the other.

Alguersuari rose to the occasion with eighth fastest time of 1m 36.377s, ahead of Robert Kubica in the lead Renault on 1m 36.389s and the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa on 1m 36.604s and 1m 36.944s respectively. Vitaly Petrov was 12th in the second Renault on 1m 36.986s.

Pedro de la Rosa just pipped BMW Sauber team mate Kamui Kobayashi on this occasion with 1m 37.421s to 1m 37.431s, with Williams' Rubens Barrichello taking 15th on 1m 37.657s ahead of Vitantonio Liuzzi in the second Force India on 1m 37.804s and Williams’ Nico Hulkenberg on 1m 37.867s.

After Karun Chandhok had enjoyed a spell placing HRT as the fastest of the new teams, Jarno Trulli supplanted him for Lotus with 1m 39.624s ahead of team mate Heikki Kovalainen on 1m 39.947s. The Finn provided one of the few moments when he pulled off towards the end with mechanical problems.

In the end the Virgins were split by Chandhok, Timo Glock lapping his VR-01 in 1m 40.233s to the €ndian’s 1m 41.008s and Lucas di Grassi’s 1m 41.107s. Bruno Senna was 23rd on 1m 41.345s, and Buemi did not run as his car was still being fixed.