Lots of drama unfolded in the third free practice session (FP3) at the Shanghai International Circuit, as Red Bull had a disappointing outing.
Red Bull Racing Faces Trouble In FP3
As the session first went green, there was a hesitation to put Ricciardo on the tracks as they were fixing something in the car. When asked about what happened to Ricciardo, the pit wall said that they had a “gearbox scare”. We didn’t hear much from the team until about halfway into the session, when Daniel Ricciardo pulled off the track, ahead of the final turn. A Virtual Safety Car was deployed as Daniel’s car was towed off track. The Australian suffered yet another engine-related problem, an Energy Store failure.
Max Verstappen also saw issues with his car, complaining that he was “slowing down” on the straights of the track. After Ricciardo’s incident, Verstappen was flagged by his team to pit as well.
Ferrari On Top
Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton had a close call at turn 10, as he went for a spin. Luckily for Hamilton, that was all that came out of the situation. The track conditions were fragile, as Shanghai had seen rain earlier in the weekend. It was noted by the Sky Sports commentary team that the Astroturf which surrounds parts of the track absorbed a lot of the water, making it slippery.
Aside from the drama, Ferrari had another spectacular showing. Vettel and Raikkonen came first and second. Valtteri Bottas was third for the session. Rounding off the top five were Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton.
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