Another pit stop blunder…this time at McLaren

Michelle Foster

A strong tail wind and rear wing changes set the stage for Friday’s practice in China while FP2 saw yet another unsafe release.

McLaren prepared for the start of the Chinese GP weekend, which will see the Woking team chasing a third successive double points-haul. The last time the Woking got both cars inside the points three races in a row was back in 2011.

Following Red Bull’s double DNF in Bahrain, Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen are both wanting a good result in China… points definitely, maybe a podium, hopefully a win.

during practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on April 13, 2018 in Shanghai, China.

One guess who sponsors this race…

Nico Hulkenberg ran into some early dressing problems…

Both Ferrari and Mercedes played with different wing specs throughout FP1, changing between high and low downforce rear wings.

Midway through FP1 and it was Lewis Hamilton who was sitting at the top of the timesheets.

Is Helmut Marko telling Max X-rated jokes, or discussing that failed Bahrain pass?

Hmm, maybe they’re discussing Sebastian Vettel’s haircut?

Stoffel Vandoorne added his name to the list of those getting it wrong and running wide in the wind.

But Max did it better…

Hamilton finished FP1 quickest of all…

After a couple of hours, the action restarted with FP2. The cool, blustery conditions lingering long into the afternoon.

Whilst it was the usual prospects out in front, it was the usual suspects at the back of the field, too.

There was barely anything separating the top four at the halfway stage with qualifying simulation runs completed.

Attention then turned to the race simulation programmes. Vettel keeping a beady eye on the timing screen before heading back out.

Rain began to fall as we approached the final 10 minutes, but more concerning was the fact that an unsafe release from the pits occurred for the third straight race weekend.

This time it was McLaren and Stoffel Vandoorne…