Lewis Hamilton under pressure to close gap on Ferrari at Chinese Grand Prix

• Mercedes driver led Raikkonen by 0.007sec in second F1 practice
• ‘Ferrari are going to be hard to beat here,’ Hamilton said in Shanghai

Fine margins make the difference in Formula One and, gratifyingly for the Chinese Grand Prix, the differential at the front of the grid can barely be measured. A season that started with much tighter competition between Ferrari and Mercedes than anticipated has every sign of being impossible to call in Shanghai but, unusually given how strong they have been for the past four seasons, it is Mercedes who are having to fine-tune their focus to meet Ferrari’s threat.

Lewis Hamilton did top the time sheets for Mercedes in first practice but, when the leaders ran qualifying simulations in practice two, there was nothing in it. As scene-setters for the race go this was a mighty opening, with one-tenth of a second separating the front four.

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