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9.49 Thanks for joining us. However, stay on this Live Live. We will update you with rankings, declarations, videos, analyzes, report cards and much more. A sporting greeting and a happy Sunday.

9.47 Three doublets in three races for Mercedes. Is the World Championship already over? If there were not so many competitions, one would almost think so. Yet this Ferrari does not seem to have the weapons to counter the Silver Arrows.

1’34 ″ 742, at the last attempt Gasly, with new tires, snatches the fastest lap and the bonus point to Sebastian Vettel

Lap 56/56 Lewis Hamilton won the Chinese GP ahead of Bottas, Vette, Verstappen and Leclerc. 6th Gasly, then Ricciardo, Perez, Raikkonen and Albon to close the points zone.

55th lap / 56 Hamilton administers 6 ″ 4 on Bottas. Vettel at 15 ". Gasly returns to the pits and will now try to make the fastest lap with Red Bull.

Lap 54/56 No one is pushing anymore. Everyone thinks about preserving the engines for the upcoming races.

53 lap / 56 The tires are now worn, Vettel should at least retain the bonus point for the fastest lap.

52 lap / 56 Is this the real Ferrari? Probably yes, because in Sakhir, to be ahead of the Mercedes, he had lost in terms of reliability.

51 lap / 56 Positions on ice. Hamilton to victory with 6 "9 on Bottas, 12" on Vettel, 23 "on Verstappen and 33" on Leclerc.

49 lap / 56 Today we saw an exaggerated gap between Mercedes and Ferrari. Beyond Vettel's fastest lap, the Silver Arrows gave the sensation of dominating almost without difficulty.

48th lap / 56 Positions now consolidated, the Mercedes is heading towards the third consecutive double.

Lap 47/56 Leclerc touches the fastest lap. It is located 12 ″ from Verstappen.

46th lap / 56 Vettel can now console himself with the fastest lap and the bonus point. The German is at 4 ″ 2 from Bottas, but he doesn't seem to have the weapons to go and get him back.

Lap 45/56 Even today Giovinazzi will end up out of the points with Alfa Romeo. It is 14th.

44 lap / 56 Hamilton dominates with 8 "1 on Bottas, 11" on Vettel, 22 "on Verstappen, 37" 5 on Leclerc. Today Ferrari has heavily compromised the race of the young Monegasque, between stable orders and very questionable strategies.

43 lap / 56 Easy overtaking of Vettel on Leclerc, which then finally changes tires. With at least 4 rounds of delay …. Medium mix for the Monegasque.

Lap 42/56 Ferrari is doing everything wrong. Leclerc lost 2 seconds per lap, ran out of tires. What are they waiting for to make the pit stop? By now it will be late to try to overcome Verstappen.

41 lap / 56 Vettel has now resumed Leclerc. New stable order on the horizon?

Lap 40/56 Leclerc defends himself with his teeth, but in the end Bottas passes and is second.

39th lap / 56 WHAT A BATTLE! Bottas attacks Leclerc, but the Monegasque defends himself with worn-out tires!

38th lap / 56 1’34 ″ 836 for Vettel, it's the fastest lap of the race!

Lap 38/56 Hamilton is now first with 1 "5 on Leclerc, who made a stop less. Bottas at 5 "3. Vettel at 9 "4.

37th lap / 56 Double pit-stop at the same time for the Mercedes with Hamilton and Bottas!

36th lap / 56 Pit stop also for Vettel's Ferrari, medium compound also for German. Now Leclerc is third, but it is possible that the Monegasque can also go all the way with hard tires.

35th lap / 56 Hamilton tries a fast lap, but fails in the enterprise. When he wants to push, the Mercedes trims a second Ferrari dry. Verstappen, in tire crisis, makes the second pit stop and mounts medium rubber (yellow). Leclerc rises to fourth place.

Lap 34/56 Beware that the race is not over. Missing 22 laps and everyone starts to degrade the tires.

Lap 33/56 3 "8 the gap between Verstappen and Leclerc. The battle between the two phenomena of the future will soon break out …

Lap 32/56 Leclerc goes wild! He is the fastest driver on the track. Earn 1 "1 on Verstappen, he is going to take it back.

Lap 31/56 Leclerc is faster than Verstappen, he goes to 6 ″ 5 from the Dutch. There is time to try and take it back.

30th lap / 56 If there are no accidents, safety cars or reliability problems, the positions look like ice. Hamilton drives with 3 "3 on Bottas, 11" on Vettel, 16 "on Verstappen and 23" on Leclerc.

Lap 29/56 Currently the fastest lap, in 1'35 "6, is by Bottas. The Finn wants the bonus point.

Lap 28/56 Now Vettel loses 3 tenths from Hamilton, but earns one on Bottas.

Lap 27/56 Hamilton makes it clear that he is playing and, in an amen, he reports the margin on Bottas at 2 "3.

26th lap / 56 Bottas at 1 ″ 4 from Hamilton, but we will hardly see a fight between the two Mercedes. Vettel, one second slower than the first two, at least took the Verstappen gap to 3 "4.

Lap 25/56 This Ferrari is worrying. Even with hard tires Vettel loses a second from the Mercedes…

24th lap / 56 The situation. Hamilton leads with 1 "7 on Bottas (who signs the fastest lap and approaches), 7" 4 on Vettel, 10 "on Verstappen and 21" on Leclerc, whose race is now compromised.

Lap 23/56 Pit stop for Hamilton and Leclerc, now all the best stopped for the tire change.

22 lap / 56 Fast lap for Vettel, but the feeling is that it won't last. Pit stop for Bottas, which obviously uses white rubber and remains easily ahead of Vettel and Verstappen. The Leclerc race was very much sacrificed and will end up fifth.

Lap 21/56 Leclerc is not formed for now. If he did, it would definitely be behind Vettel and Verstappen, who are now running faster than hardened Mercedes cars with hard tires.

Lap 20/56 VERSTAPPEN ATTACK VETTEL! Wheel to wheel between the two! The Dutchman passes, then the German comes back in front thanks to the crossing of the trajectory. Nightmare race for Ferrari …

Lap 19/56 Tire change for Vettel. Assemble the hard compound and stay a breath in front of Verstappen.

Lap 18/56 Retirement for Hulkenberg's Renault. Pit stop for Verstappen, who is looking for the undercut. Question: why does Ferrari always put itself in this situation? Couldn't the Dutchman stay ahead of time?

17th lap / 56 The situation. Hamilton drives with 4 "9 on Bottas, 12" on Vettel and 14 "on Leclerc. Attention to Verstappen at 16 ″ 1, has now taken over the Ferraris. 16th Giovinazzi.

Lap 16/56 Ferrari is risking the undercut by Verstappen. The SF90 is back to Melbourne.

15th lap / 56 Vettel, in the end, had no more than Leclerc, the two remain together and separated by a second. The stable order did not have any effect.

Lap 14/56 Locking during braking for Vettel. However, there is little to do: Mercedes is clearly superior. The Silver Arrows are no longer visible. Meanwhile, Leclerc is back under the German …

13th lap / 56 Ferrari tires are collapsing, Vettel runs 8 tenths slower than Hamilton, Leclerc even a second. Be careful because Verstappen is near, just 2 ″ 3 from the Monegasque.

Lap 12/56 Hamilton is making a separate race with 3 "3 on Bottas, 8" on Vettel, 9 "on Leclerc and 11" on Verstappen.

11th lap / 56 THE STABLE ORDER HAS ARRIVED! "Charles, let Sebastian pass!" The Monegasque sold his position to Vettel, but he did not do it willingly …

11th lap / 56 The radio team arrived at Charles Leclerc: "Either go stronger or let Vettel pass". Answer: "Ok".

Lap 10/56 Ferrari, at this stage, has none to worry Mercedes. Pay between 3 and 7 tenths per round. Too much…

9th lap / 56 Drive-through for Kvyat after the accident at the start. Vettel always in the wake of Leclerc, but he can't find the flash. As always, the strategies at Ferrari are questionable: is it faster, why isn't it passed?

Lap 8/56 Hamilton gained 5 tenths on Bottas and 7 on Ferraris in a round. Be careful because Verstappen is approaching the Reds.

7th lap / 56 Arrive the wheel lock for Vettel, definitely faster than Leclerc. But for now there are no stable orders coming from Ferrari.

6th lap / 56 Today Hamilton is not fighting, English is in hammer mode. Brings the advantage on Bottas to 4 "and 4" on Leclerc, which defends itself from Vettel.

5th lap / 56 Being so attached to Leclerc, Vettel is certainly overly degrading the tires. Now the times between Mercedes and Ferrari are basically equivalent.

Lap 4/56 Vettel has resumed Leclerc and is in the wake. Will it still be battle in Ferrari as in Sakhir? Very likely …

3rd round / 56 They immediately run away the Mercedes. Hamilton has a second advantage over Bottas, 3 "1 on Leclerc and 3" 8 on Vettel. Then Verstappen, Gasly and Ricciardo. Giovinazzi is 14th.

2nd round / 56 Accident between the Toro Rosso of Kvyat and the two McLarens of Norris and Sainz. Immediately virtual safety-car.

1st round / 56 Hamilton was a starting cat. Bad start instead for Vettel, also attacked by Verstappen.

1st lap / 56 Hamilton immediately overtakes Bottas, while Leclerc exceeds Vettel and is third!

8.13 GREEN TRAFFIC LIGHT! THE CHINA GP STARTED!

8.12 The pilots are on the starting grid …

8.12 Kubica spin.

8.11 Weather conditions in Shanghai.

8.10 Reconnaissance tour! Needless to say, it will be essential to warm up the tires as best as possible for the start!

8.08 The FIA ​​wanted to celebrate the 1000 F1 World Championship Grand Prix with this video.

8.07 Three minutes to go before the 2019 Chinese GP begins.

8.05 There was a lot of discussion about Sebastian Vettel's enigmatic team radio at the end of qualifying: "We had it, boys. But do we know why? ". What did he want to say? Maybe "we had the pole in hand"? The feeling is that Ferrari is not 100% squeezing its own power unit for fear that new episodes of unreliability may occur.

8.03 Difficult to expect battle between Bottas and Hamilton at the first corner. Among the two Mercedes drivers there is respect, in the past they remained far from possible accidents or contacts.

8.01 During the free practice Ferrari and Mercedes showed an equivalent step. The Prancing Horse could use the power of the engine on the straight to attempt overtaking.

7.58 Great concentration in the face of Sebastian Vettel. Today we play a lot …

07.55 There is also Mika Hakkinen on the starting grid!

07.54 The competition step of the Silver Arrows and the Reds is equivalent, a tight battle without quarter and a race open to any result is expected.

07.52 Valtteri Bottas will start from pole position and look for a rocket start, Lewis Hamilton will immediately try to overtake his team mate, the two Ferraris are in the second row behind the Mercedes and will try to find a good starting point: Vettel third and Leclerc fourth try. Verstappen is fifth alongside his teammate Gasly, then the two Renault and the two Haas.

07.50 Twenty minutes at the start of the race.

07.48 We remember the starting grid.

07.46 From the first photos we showed you it is clear: it will be a dry Grand Prix. There is no expected rain, average seasonal temperatures, attention to a bit of wind but there are ideal conditions for running.

07.44 Max Verstappen doesn't seem to be able to aspire to victory, the Dutch of Red Bull is fifth on the grid and shouldn't have the right pace but we'll see.

07.42 Binotto's selfie with Wolff but soon it will be an open battle on the track between Ferrari and Mercedes.

07.40 Charles Leclerc has not yet properly assimilated the backlash suffered in Bahrain when mechanical problems forced him to say goodbye to victory when he was in command ten laps from the end. The Ferrari driver from Monaco had problems with the cooling system during free practice 2 and on a track that he does not know well he is struggling, he will start in fourth position.

07.38 Sebastian Vettel had started the weekend well by convincing in free practice, then in qualifying he was surprised by the usual Ferraris and will start from the third position. The German, returned from the mistake to the Sakhir and from the opaque performance in Australia, must promptly redeem himself and is called to a comeback.

07.36 The pit lane is opened, the riders start to get on the starting grid.

07.34 The Briton Lewis Hamilton has progressively grown over the weekend and yesterday came just 27 thousandths from his team mate in qualifying. The World Champion, fresh from his success in Bahrain, wants to place his proverbial paw on a track he likes very much even though he may not always be completely at ease on this Mercedes.

07.32 The Finnish Valtteri Bottas will start from pole position. The leader of the World Championship, at the wheel of the Mercedes, was perfect in qualifying yesterday and won the first pole of the season as well as the seventh in his career after winning in Australia. Today he is hunting for the coup.

07.30 Forty minutes at the start of the race.

07.27 The 16th edition of the Chinese GP will take place soon. Hamilton has won 5 times, 4 successes for Ferrari but the last one dates back to 2013 with Alonso. Last year Ricciardo imposed himself on Red Bull with a furious comeback after the safety car entered.

07.25 The Shanghai circuit, designed by Tilke, was built in 2003. Along 5.451 km it includes 16 curves and a straight of 1.4 km: it is the longest of the World Championship.

07.23 We recall that today is the 1000th Grand Prix in the history of Formula One. Big party in Asia.

07.21 56 laps are planned for a total of 305.066 km.

07.19 We are back in the race two weeks before the appointment in Bahrain where Lewis Hamilton prevailed in front of Valtteri Bottas, the same result at the debut but in reversed positions. The season started with two Mercedes double-barreled shots.

07.17 Race in Shanghai, the start of the race is scheduled for 08.10.

07.15 Hello and welcome to LIVE LIVE of the China GP 2019, third stage of the F1 World Championship.

Hello and welcome back to LIVE LIVE of free practice 3 of the Chinese GP, third round of the 2019 Formula One World Championship. On the Shanghai track the teams will work to define the structures in view of the qualifications.

As is now customary the duel between Mercedes and Ferrari will characterize the Chinese weekend. The two doublets of the Silver Arrows will force the Red to reverse the trend immediately, in order not to let the Brackley team escape and to make it clear that for the title the fight is decidedly open. Reliability will be one of the determining factors, something that was lacking in Sakhir, as the Monegasque Charles Leclerc knows quite well. The technical problem at the end of the race in the desert has deprived the pilot of the Principality of the joy of the first success in the highest category of motoring. Expects a ransom, then, also from Sebastian Vettel. The mistake in the confrontation with Lewis Hamilton (winner of the race in the last round) has fueled so much criticism of the Teutonic.

Here is that Vettel will have to give a decisive answer in this Chinese weekend both in the duel with his teammate and in the challenge with the Silver Arrows. The team needs its own reference on the track. The only medicine is victory, convincing and unequivocal. Thinking of a Seb already with his back to the wall may seem a stretch but in F1 everything evolves with great speed and to regain his status of reference at the height of Hamilton, the German will have to find the enamel of the first GP of 2018 and cancel the gloss of the past championship and the beginning of this. Charles knocks on the door and demands space, having nothing to lose and with part of the team that dotes on him. The 31-year-old from Heppenheim will therefore be forced to pull out all his weapons to stop the fasting of victories that has lasted since the race in Belgium last year.

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9.09 Thanks for joining us, but keep following this Live Live, we will update you with rankings, videos, statements and much more. A sporting greeting.

9.07 Attention, nothing is lost in view of tomorrow: the points are assigned on Sunday … Remember Sakhir? First row Ferrari in qualifying, then we know how it went …

9.05 The top 10 of qualifications: Bottas, Hamilton, Vettel, Leclerc, Verstappen, Gasly, Ricciardo, Hulkenberg, Magnussen, Grosjean and Kvyat.

9.02 Bottas Pole in 1’31 ″ 547, second Hamilton at 0.023, third Vettel at 0.301, fourth Leclerc at 0.318. The Ferrari approached, but not enough. Verstappen "took the flag" and was unable to make the last attempt.

9.01 First row for Mercedes, second for Ferrari.

8.57 Drivers on the track for the last attempt.

8.56 Ferrari loses almost everything in the central section, the one with the most corners.

8.55 Unthinkable to attack the Mercedes, the gap is too wide and could even expand after the last attempt. Ferrari must at least try to monopolize the second row: for now Verstappen is ahead of Leclerc.

8.53 Mercedes is in the front row. 1’31 ″ 563 for Bottas, precedes Hamilton for just 7 thousandths. Vettel is third, but very far: 0.438 late. Verstappen fourth at 0.526, fifth at Leclerc at 0.539. Mercedes top, there is little to do: it is already mortgaging the World Cup … And besides Red Bull is on the same level as Ferrari.

8.51 Hamilton and Bottas start the fast lap, following the Ferraris.

8.50 And here are also the Ferraris. On the track first Leclerc and then Vettel.

8.49 The first to take to the track are the Mercedes.

8.48 Q3 started, 12 minutes its duration.

8.47 Our prediction? Hamilton pole in front of Bottas, Vettel, Verstappen and Leclerc.

8.45 As you may have guessed, a super-favored Mercedes not only for the pole, but to monopolize the entire front row. Ferrari pays a clear gap in terms of traction. We'll see if the values ​​change in the decisive Q3.

8.43 Hamilton preceded in Q2 Bottas by 91 thousandths. Third Vettel at 0.595, then Leclerc at 0.687. Verstappen, Gasly, Hulkenberg, Magnussen, Grosjean and Ricciardo complete the top 10.

8.42 Eliminated, from the eleventh to the fifteenth position, the following pilots: Kvyat (Toro Rosso), Perez (Racing Point), Raikkonen (Alfa Romeo Suaber), Sainz (McLaren) and Norris (McLaren).

8.41 And here is Hamilton's answer. With medium rubber he leads with 91 thousandths of an advantage over Bottas.

8.40 Bottas gets worse than 1 "3, but it is a desired tactical choice: Mercedes wants to start tomorrow with the medium tire.

8.38 Hamilton back on track with yellow tire, Vettel with the red. Leclerc remains in the pits.

8.37 Bottas, surprisingly, back on track with red rubber. However, it will be difficult to complete the tour.

8.35 Eliminated at the time Perez, Sainz, Raikkonen, Norris and Grosjean.

8.33 Ferrari, Mercedes and Verstappen should qualify despite having used the yellow compound. At this point Leclerc would have two soft trains for Q3.

8.32 Bottas is making the difference… .1’31 ″ 728 with medium tires, trims 504 thousandths to Vettel and 596 to Leclerc. Fourth Verstappen at 0.641, fifth Hamilton at 0.875.

8.30 There is traffic on the track, you have to wait for the right moment to launch.

8.29 Ferraris are fitted with yellow rubber. Will it be enough to overcome the cut? Mercedes and Verstappen have also opted for this choice.

8.28 The Mercedes are breaking up….

8.27 For the moment it is stalling, no one gets on the track.

8.25 Q2 started. 15 minutes its duration.

8.24 The feeling is that Bottas is the discounted favorite for pole, it has something more than Hamilton. But woe to underestimate the British. Ferrari, for now, is not convincing.

8.21 Bottas closed the Q1 with 54 thousandths on Leclerc, forced to use two trains of soft tires. Hamilton is third at 0.457, Verstappen is fourth at 0.616. Vettel is far away for now, fifth at 0.899.

8.20 Eliminated, from 16th to 20th position, the following pilots: Stroll (Racing Point), Russell (Williams), Kubica (Williams), Giovinazzo (Alfa Romeo Sauber) and Albon (Toro Rosso).

8.19 Leclerc rises to second place at 54 thousandths from Bottas. But there is little to celebrate, the Monegasque has unnecessarily wasted a train of soft tires.

8.16 Nothing to do for Giovinazzi, technical problems for the Alfa Romeo Sauber. He does not even enter the track, he will start from the penultimate position tomorrow.

8.15 Leclerc is eleventh and at risk of elimination. He is forced to return to the track and waste a train of soft tires: he will therefore have only one attempt available in Q3. It's getting really bad for Ferrari. As far as seen so far, already monopolizing the second row would be a good result, the Mercedes looks like from another planet.

8.12 At the moment, Stroll, Kubica, Russell, Giovinazzi (timeless) and Albon (whose qualifications did not even start after the accident in FP3) would be eliminated.

8.11 It is a Ferrari that is too ugly to be true, it seems to be back in one stroke only that of Melbourne. We await Q2 and Q3 to sum up …

8.09 devastating Mercedes. 1’32 ″ 658 for Bottas, Hamilton is second at 457 thousandths. Verstappen is placed in third place at six tenths, Vettel is fourth at 9 tenths, Leclerc even ninth at 1 ″ 4.

8.07 1’33 ″ 557 for Vettel trims half a second to Leclerc, who found traffic in the final. Now we will see the answer Mercedes.

8.06 Here are also the Mercedes of Bottas and Hamilton.

8.05 ON THE TRACK ALSO THE FERRARI! Inside both Leclerc and Vettel.

8.04 1’36 ″ 821 for Russell, trim six tenths of second to teammate Kubica.

8.03 These are the weather conditions in Shanghai.

8.01 18 minutes the duration of Q1, five pilots will be eliminated. The first to take to the track was Briton Russell with Williams.

8.00 START THE QUALIFICATIONS! GREEN LIGHT!

7.58 Bottas a Sky: "It will be a struggle between Mercedes and Ferrari for pole". He didn't say anything that wasn't known already …

7.56 Here we go, 4 minutes to go before qualifying starts. We will start with Q1.

7.53 Ferrari also honors the 1000 Grand Prix in F1 history.

7.50 Unless surprises, the first four positions should be monopolized by Mercedes and Ferrari. He will try to subvert the Max Verstappen prediction with Red Bull, but it's tough.

7.48 Toto Wolff (Mercedes team principal) at Sky's engines: "Our car is the fastest, but we lack something as an engine compared to Ferrari".

7.45 Meanwhile, a sly Lewis Hamilton enjoys the affection of the fans.

7.43 Another variable to consider: the engines. During the free practice, Ferrari and Mercedes will hardly have used all the available horses. We will soon discover the truth …

7.40 Qualifications will clarify the true values ​​in the field. It is not known, in fact, with what amount of gasoline Ferrari and Mercedes have turned in the course of free practice.

7.36 Alex Albon (Toro Rosso) will not be at the start of qualifying after destroying the car during free practice 3.

7.34 In particular, the set-up of the Leclerc Ferrari is worrying, the Monegasque has never found the ideal quadrature this Chinese weekend. "We still need to make some changes with a view to qualifying", Said the young talent to Sky.

7.32 Mercedes looks like the big favorite for pole. Valtteri Bottas trimmed an important gap to Vettel and Leclerc during FP3. Lewis Hamilton did not shine, but we know that the British knows how to be ready at the right time. For Ferrari, the goal is called "front row".

07.30 Thirty minutes to start qualifying for the Chinese GP, third leg of the F1 World Championship

07.27 The qualifying format is the usual with three rounds and the progressive elimination of five drivers before reaching the fight for the pole among the best ten.

07.25 In Melbourne he celebrated Hamilton, in Bahrain Leclerc loomed: today who will win the start at the stake?

07.23 It promises to be a great battle, Ferrari and Mercedes seem very close and therefore we should see a huge duel for the pole position.

07.19 Today the pole position is assigned and the starting grid for tomorrow's race is defined.

07.17 Green light at 08.00 am, race in Shanghai,

07.15 Hello and welcome to LIVE LIVE qualifications of the Chinese GP, third stage of the F1 World Championship.

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06:00: CHESS FLAG !!! This concludes the third free practice session with Bottas, Vettel, Leclerc, Hamilton, Hulkenberg, Raikkonen, Verstappen, Sainz, Albon and Kvyat to complete the top-10

05.59: Bottas, therefore, will end this session in front of everyone with the time of 1’32 ″ 830 to precede the two Ferraris of Vettel (+0 ″ 392) and of Leclerc (+0 ″ 418). Hamilton decidedly more delayed (+0 ″ 859), in difficulty with the set-up

05.58: Fortunately Albon is unharmed and on his legs back to the pits

05.57: The session will end like this after this crash

Pos. N. Pilot Team posting Time Giri
1 77 V. Bottas (B) Mercedes 1'32 "830 11
2 5 S. Vettel (B) Ferrari +00 "392 1'33 "222 10
3 16 C. Leclerc (B) Ferrari +00 "418 1'33 "248 9
4 44 L. Hamilton (B) Mercedes +00 "859 1'33 "689 10
5 27 N. Hulkenberg (B) Renault +01 "144 1'33 "974 11
6 7 K. Raikkonen (M) Alfa Romeo +01 "416 1'34 "246 14
7 33 M. Verstappen (B) Red Bull +01 "617 1'34 "447 5
8 55 C. Sainz (B) McLaren +01 "68 1'34 "510 9
9 23 A. Albon (B) Red Bull +01 "77 1'34 "600 9
10 26 D. Kvyat (B) Red Bull +01 "953 1'34 "783 9
11 4 L. Norris (B) McLaren +02 "108 1'34 "938 8
12 11 S. Perez (B) Racing Point +02 "248 1'35 "078 8
13 3 D. Ricciardo (M) Renault +02 "312 1'35 "142 9
14 18 L. Stroll (B) Racing Point +02 "393 1'35 "223 9
15 10 P. Gasly (M) Red Bull +02 "496 1'35 "326 8
16 99 A. Giovinazzi (B) Alfa Romeo +02 "896 1'35 "726 10
17 8 R. Grosjean (M) Haas +02 "941 1'35 "771 12
18 20 K. Magnussen (M) Haas +03 "168 1'35 "998 12
19 63 G. Russell (B) Williams +03 "294 1'36 "124 7
20 88 R. Kubica (B) Williams +03 "346 1'36 "176 8

05.55: Error by Albon (Toro Rosso) exiting the last corner, ending up on the gravel and impacting violently against the barriers. Fortunately, no consequence for him but a very damaged single-seater and he certainly will not be able to take part in the qualifications.

05:53: RED FLAG!!!!

05.51: Bottas is the best with the time of 1´32 ″ 830 with 392 thousandths of advantage over Vettel and 418 on Leclerc. Hamilton gets 859 thousandths in fourth place. It must be said that the German of the Red Army has committed two errors not just in his attempt. Behind the top teams Hulkenberg (+1 ″ 144) and Kimi Raikkonen (+1 ″ 416)

05.46: The two Ferraris and two Mercedess are launched with new C4 tires for the last qualifying simulation!

05.44: Russell and Kubica on very close times with Williams: the British at 2 ″ 902 and the Polish at 2 ″ 954 from the summit and in the penultimate and last position

05.42: 1'34 ″ 938 for Norris (McLaren) with C4 tires (soft) and eighth place for him

05.40: 20 ′ at the end of the PL3 and soon we will see the second run of the pilots. This is the ranking situation:

05.38: Routine checks at Ferrari on Leclerc's car, according to that leak from the Rossa box

05.36: In the meantime Bottas improves its time trial, reaching 0 ″ 572 from Vettel but with C3 tires, so a very interesting time for the Finn. A time obtained with the used compounds.

05.35: The Ferrari technicians have carried out checks on the radiant masses but it seems that everything is ok on Leclerc's car.

05.33: Verstappen moves into fifth position behind Leclerc with a delay of 1 ″ 225 (C4 tires).

05.31: There are perhaps problems once again on the Leclerc single-seater. Open engine hood and controls.

05.29: Eleventh time for Gasly in 1'35 ″ 326 with Red Bull. The Frenchman is still in trouble (C3 tires)

05.28: Below is the order of the times:

Pos. N. Pilot Team posting Time Giri
1 5 S. Vettel (B) Ferrari 1'33 "222 3
2 44 L. Hamilton (M) Mercedes +00 "734 1'33 "956 3
3 77 V. Bottas (M) Mercedes +00 "752 1'33 "974 3
4 16 C. Leclerc (B) Ferrari +00 "882 1'34 "104 3
5 23 A. Albon (B) Red Bull +01 "378 1'34 "600 4
6 26 D. Kvyat (B) Red Bull +01 "561 1'34 "783 4
7 11 S. Perez (B) Racing Point +01 "856 1'35 "078 3
8 3 D. Ricciardo (M) Renault +01 "920 1'35 "142 3
9 18 L. Stroll (B) Racing Point +02 "001 1'35 "223 3
10 27 N. Hulkenberg (M) Renault +02 "028 1'35 "250 6
11 4 L. Norris (B) McLaren +02 "186 1'35 "408 4
12 55 C. Sainz (B) McLaren +02 "218 1'35 "440 4
13 7 K. Raikkonen (M) Alfa Romeo +02 "244 1'35 "466 4
14 99 A. Giovinazzi (B) Alfa Romeo +02 "504 1'35 "726 4
15 8 R. Grosjean (M) Haas +02 "549 1'35 "771 4
16 20 K. Magnussen (M) Haas +02 "776 1'35 "998 6
17 63 G. Russell (B) Williams +03 "408 1'36 "630 4
18 88 R. Kubica (B) Williams +03 "998 1'37 "220 5
19 33 M. Verstappen Red Bull 0
20 10 P. Gasly Red Bull 0

05.25: Meanwhile Albon and Kvyat with the two Toro Rosso take fifth and sixth positions to 1 ″ 378 and 1 ″ 561 from the top, with C4 (soft) tires.

05.24: Starting trials for both Ferraris at this time.

05.22: Hamilton and Bottas put themselves in second and third position: 0 ″ ​​734 and 0 ″ 752 the delay of the two Silver Arrows, with compounds but C3.

05.20: Two Alfa Romeo Racing cars arrive: Raikkonen is fourth at 2 ″ 244 and Giovinazzi is fourth at 2 ″ 504. The Mercedes arrive with medium tires!

05.19: 1’33 ″ 222 for Vettel who already puts together a great time with the SF90, trimming 0 ″ 882 to his teammate (C4 tires)

05.18: 1’34 ″ 104 for Leclerc with the Ferrari in the lead but watch out for Vettel.

05.17: 1'35 "142 for Ricciardo with yellow band tires but Leclerc is coming with C4 tires.

05.16: Vettel takes to the track also with C4 tires (soft).

05.15: Charles Leclerc's Ferrari goes on the track with C4 tires (soft). Attention to the Monaco time trial

05.13: Daniel Ricciardo (Renault) enters the track with C3 tires (medium)

05.11: Only the Williams at the moment on the track.

05.08: 1’36 ″ 630 for Russell's other Williamsi that goes ahead of his teammate with C4 tires. The two standard bearers of Grove are the only ones to have made a time

05.07: Robert Kubica (Williams) is the first to complete a timed lap in 1’37 ″ 220 with C4 (soft) tires

05.06: Meanwhile, Hamilton gives himself to the fans, greeting those who are present in the stands

05.05: Hulkenberg's Renault on the C3 tires (medium)

05.04: Meanwhile Bottas takes a coffee …

05.05: Installation Lap for everyone

05:03: Also Grosjean, Norris and Albon go to test the track

05.01: The first to take to the track is Magnussen's Haas with C3 tires (medium)

05:00: GREEN LIGHT!!!

04.57: C2, C3 and C4 the Pirelli compounds available to the teams. The intermediate range leads from the Italian supplier, given the high degradation expected on the circuit

04.55: 19.2 ° C in the air and 37.5 ° C on the asphalt the climatic conditions in this third session

04.52: Soon we start and there is great expectation in view of the results that will be obtained

04.50: Meanwhile in Renault they test the pit stop

04.48: A very interesting session is therefore planned to verify performance and reliability

04.46: Same story for Red Bull and Williams, who had benefited from a wing with this change during the last GP in Bahrain and will therefore have to adapt. A change that should not go so far as to affect the performance of the cars mentioned above but arouses a sensation, given that the reference team is also involved.

04.44: The technical regulation provides, in fact, that the endplate of the wing (the lateral and final part, ed.) must completely cover the flaps present, as explained in point 3.3.6 of the rules. The W10 instead had the side plate cut excessively and therefore in view of the qualifications and the race the antecedent version must be used to comply with the FIA ​​directives.

04.42: A novelty on the Mercedes front, yesterday, has arrived: after the technical tests, the new configuration of the front wing introduced by the Silver Arrows for this weekend was not considered suitable according to the rules.

04.40: Mercedes that seemed to be quite competitive and consistent with Bottas and Hamilton. After the doublets of the first two rounds, the Silver Arrows will want to confirm their status as the dominant figure

04.38: Leclerc stopped yesterday from a problem on the cooling system of its SF90. The Monegasque hopes to be able to complete this turn, to simulate the conditions of the qualification and he will certainly not have a base available for the race. Aspect not to be overlooked

04.36: Charles knocks on the door and demands space, having nothing to lose and with part of the team that dotes on him. The 31-year-old from Heppenheim will therefore be forced to pull out all his weapons to stop the fasting of victories that has lasted since the race in Belgium last year.

04.34: Thinking of a Seb already with his back to the wall may seem a stretch but in F1 everything evolves with great speed and to regain his status of reference at the height of Hamilton, the German will have to find the enamel of the first GP of 2018 and cancel the gloss of the past championship and the beginning of this

04.32: The team needs its own reference on the track. The only medicine is victory, convincing and unequivocal.

04.30: Here Vettel will have to give a decisive answer in this Chinese weekend both in the duel with his teammate and in the challenge with the Silver Arrows.

04.28: The technical problem at the end of the race in the desert has deprived the Principality driver of the joy of the first success in the highest category of motoring. Expects a ransom, then, also from Sebastian Vettel. The mistake in the confrontation with Lewis Hamilton (winner of the race in the last round) has fueled so much criticism of the Teutonic.

04.26: Reliability will be one of the determining factors, which was lacking in Sakhir, as the Monegasque Charles Leclerc knows quite well

04.24: The two double arrows of the Silver Arrows will force the Red to reverse the trend immediately, in order not to let the Brackley team escape and to make it clear that for the title the fight is decidedly open.

04.22: On the Shanghai circuit the teams will work to define the structures for the qualifications. As is now customary the duel between Mercedes and Ferrari will characterize the Chinese weekend.

04.20: Hello and welcome to LIVE LIVE for free practice 3 of the Chinese GP, third round of the 2019 Formula One World Championship

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