Chinese Grand Prix: Practice 3

By Steve Aibel, Senior F1 Writer

Sebastian Vettel led a wet 3rd practice session where the majority of teams limited running to protect their cars for qualifying. Williams Valtteri Bottas took second position while the Force India of Sergio Perez took 3rd.

The session saw the grid upended with teams such as Renault and Manor occupying top 10 positions in the wet session.

Rain and standing water throughout the track limited running until midway through the session with only 14 drivers actually setting a time.

Free Practice 3 Results

Pos Driver Team Time
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:57.351
2 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:58.061
3 Sergio Perez Force India 1:58.689
4 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1:58.800
5 Esteban Gutierrez Haas 1:59.526
6 Jolson Palmer Renault 1:59.677
7 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1:59.761
8 Pascal Wehrlein Manor 1:59.964
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso 2:00.150
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India 2:00.158
11 Felipe Nasr Sauber 2:00.197
12 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 2:00.812
13 Felipe Massa Williams 2:02.438
14 Rio Haryanto Manor 2:02.732
15 Jenson Button McLaren
16 Fernando Alonso McLaren
17 Romain Grosjean Haas
18 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull
19 Nico Rosberg Mercedes
20 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull
21 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes
22 Marcus Ericsson Sauber

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Growing up in a racing family, Steve Aibel was surrounded by Allards, Crosleys and Corvettes! A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, Steve was drawn to the automobile magazines strewn throughout the house and Formula 1 in particular. With go karts, motorcycles and vintage race cars in the garage, it was inevitable that the torch would be carried by Steve. Lime Rock Park was his own personal playground while still keeping an eye on the pinnacle of motorsports overseas called Formula 1. Now, in the shadows of Circuit of the Americas, Steve is able to not only follow F1, he makes it the object of this racing stories. This passion for Formula 1 is shared weekly writing original articles for both Tribute Racing and Drafting the Circuits. He also participates in two weekly radio shows. Drafting The Circuits, (, which airs Tuesday evening at 7 pm CST and Formula 1 Racing Plus (, which broadcasts throughout the week on Performance Motorsports Network. Steve's motorsports photography can be found at

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