Apr 19

F1: Hamilton Pushing Hard To Keep Edge Over Rosberg

Lewis Hamilton (left) appears to have the early edge over teammate Nico Rosberg (right). (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton (left) appears to have the early edge over teammate Nico Rosberg (right). (Photo: Getty Images)

Lewis Hamilton says he doesn’t feel that he has asserted himself over Nico Rosberg, despite earning another pole in China today, thus giving himself a great chance of securing a third straight win.

Rosberg was down in fourth, some 1.3 seconds off his Mercedes teammate.

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Apr 19

F1: Tires Will Be Key To Chinese GP, Says Rosberg

Nico Rosberg will start from fourth on the grid in Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nico Rosberg will start from fourth on the grid in Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nico Rosberg says tires will be the key to the Chinese GP, an event that has always put a big strain on the front left.

Rosberg starts from fourth, separated from teammate Lewis Hamilton by the two Red Bulls.

“It will be a tough race, because the left front tire is a big issue,” said Rosberg. “For sure there will be things happening, some people will struggle more than others. I had a good run on Friday, so I’m going into it confidently, knowing that I’ve this Red Bull package in the middle, which is not very helpful. But that’s the way it is, and with the top speed that I have I’m hoping that I manage to get by them somehow.

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Apr 19

F1: Ricciardo Impresses In Qualifying Once Again

Daniel Ricciardo was all smiles after qualifying second for the Chinese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo was all smiles after qualifying second for the Chinese Grand Prix. (Photo: Getty Images)

Daniel Ricciardo continued to impress by earning second on the grid in a tricky wet qualifying session in China – pipping teammate Sebastian Vettel by half a second.

Ricciardo didn’t have an entirely perfect afternoon, but did the lap time when it mattered.

“I think that was very pleasing to do it at the end,” he said. “To be honest, I struggled a bit throughout the session, at least personally I didn’t feel like I was getting on top of the conditions, but then the last set of inters right at the end of Q3 we managed to get a bit more out of it and I put a good lap together, so pretty pleased to be on the front row.”

Apr 18

Ferrari finds some pace in China

Ferrari sits fifth in the constructors' standings entering the Chinese GP. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

Ferrari sits fifth in the constructors’ standings entering the Chinese GP. (Photo: Glenn Dunbar/LAT Photographic)

Fernando Alonso topped FP1 and was second to Lewis Hamilton in FP2 in China today as Ferrari showed a marked improvement in form.

While the car’s ultimate lap time may have been flattered by the team’s chosen fuel load, there were nevertheless genuine signs of an upturn.

Apr 18

Maldonado crashes entering pit road

Pastor Maldonado climbs out of the cockpit after his accident Friday morning. (Photo: Steven Tee/LAT Photographic)

Pastor Maldonado climbs out of the cockpit after his accident Friday morning. (Photo: Steven Tee/LAT Photographic)

Pastor Maldonado’s accident-prone season continued in China today when the Lotus driver crashed in the pit entry road.

Maldonado repeated a mistake seen in the past when he ran wide at the tight left-hander and understeered off the road into the tire wall. Earlier he had an off-track moment when he appeared to be distracted while making an adjustment on the steering wheel.