User ID
Password
  Forgot User ID
or Register Today!
VegasInsider.com
Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Follow Us on Google+ VI Mobile Scores and Betting Odds
Home
NFL
NBA
NHL
MLB
NCAA FB
NCAA BK
Golf
Auto
Horses
Soccer
Boxing/MMA
More
Betting Tools

 
Ricciardo fastest in rainy China practice

SHANGHAI (AP) - Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo set the fastest time on a slippery track in the final practice session at the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday as the other top drivers limited their running due to the wet weather.

Advertisement
Ricciardo completed his lap around the Shanghai International Circuit in 1 minute, 53.958 seconds, about 0.5 seconds faster than Felipe Massa of Williams in second. Lotus driver Romain Grosjean set the third-fastest time of the morning.

Mercedes drivers Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg and Ferrari's Fernando Alonso did not set a timed lap in the session, spending much of the time in the garage.

A fine rain fell throughout the morning, with more showers predicted for the qualifying session in the afternoon. It looks likely to be the third wet qualifying session of the F1 season, following the rainy conditions in Australia and Malaysia, with both poles won by Hamilton.

Mercedes looks to be the team to beat again in Saturday's qualifying session after posting fast times on the track in practice Friday, though Alonso, Ricciardo and four-time defending world champion Sebastian Vettel were not far off the pace.

Vettel complained of clutch slip and a lack of acceleration during his runs and managed no better than 11th. His team said it appeared to be a KERS problem and they would try to correct it before qualifying.

Lotus driver Pastor Maldonado also ran into mechanical problems, pulling off the track midway through his 13th lap and walking back to the garage. He set the sixth-fastest time of the morning before stopping.

It's been a tough season and a trying week so far for the Venezuelan, who crashed into the wall on his way into the pits on Friday and also spun his car after looking down briefly to adjust the settings on his steering wheel.

He carries a five-place grid penalty into this Sunday's race for flipping Esteban Gutierrez's Sauber at the Bahrain GP two weeks ago.

Copyright 2016 by STATS LLC and Associated Press.
Any commercial use or distribution without the express written
consent of STATS LLC and Associated Press is strictly prohibited.

  
HEADLINES
JJ, Smoke, Dale Jr. honored by NASCAR
Stewart leaving NASCAR to race more
Sato joins Andretti for IndyCar season
F1 champion Rosberg retires
Johnson's visibility grows after 7th title
Johnson's crew chief Knaus celebrates
Monster Energy to sponsor NASCAR
Jeff Gordon to drive in Rolex 24
German GP off 2017 F1 calendar
MORE HEADLINES
 
VegasInsider.com Gold Membership
  
corner graphic
With a VI Gold Membership, you can SAVE 10% off a Live Odds subscription, SAVE 20% off Daily Pick packages, and receive access to up to 1,000 Member Plays each month!
VI Gold Membership