2014 Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix - Third free practice

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Hello and welcome to live text coverage of final practice for the Chinese Grand Prix!
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It's a pretty damp morning in Shanghai, following overnight rainfall
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We should see drivers on the Intermediates or Full Wets in the opening stages
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In terms of Pirelli's dry tyres, it has brought Softs (Yellow) and Mediums (White) to China
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There are also two DRS zones in place, controlled by separate detection points
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The first comes along the back straight, with the second on the main straight
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The rain is falling once more as the session approaches
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03:00
Green flag. Final practice gets underway!
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Maldonado is the first driver out in his Lotus
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Plenty more cars following for early install laps
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A mix of Intermediates and Full Wets at the moment
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"I have a problem with the engine," reports Vergne
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Bottas, on Full Wets, says the track is currently fit for Intermediate tyres
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Rosberg is told to be careful, as his race gearbox is now fitted
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Just the Saubers of Sutil and Gutierrez yet to appear
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Kvyat's engineer says something untoward has been found in the engine mapping of both his and team-mate Vergne's car after their installation laps
03:14
Maldonado posts the first time of the session, lapping in 1:56.676
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Lotus team-mate Grosjean now moves to the front on 1:54.514
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Maldonado improves his time, but stays second
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Marussia driver Chilton goes third with his first flying lap
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Button takes the position for McLaren moments later
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Vettel moves up to fourth position in the Red Bull
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Ferrari says it is expecting rain to stick around through qualifying later today
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Work going on in the Mercedes garage, as mechanics attend to Rosberg's brakes
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The German is using the spare time to talk to his engineers
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Chilton reports that his brake pedal feels long
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Bottas, who had gone fastest of all through the first sector, spins at Turn 10
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Replays show Ericsson having a moment at the same corner
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Ricciardo goes quickest with a 1:53.958
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Massa up to P2, half a second down on Ricciardo
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As we head into the second half of the session, seven drivers are yet to post times
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The list includes Hamilton, Rosberg, Alonso and Raikkonen
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Perez has an off track excursion at Turn 14
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The Force India driver continues without major drama
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Just Maldonado and Sutil are lapping at the moment
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Replays show Maldonado running wide at the final corner
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Maldonado has stopped on the inside of Turn 10
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He simply parked his car upon instructions
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Maldonado's car is recovered and the track is green once more
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Ricciardo pits, bringing his planned running to a slightly early end
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Kobayashi is told to "put more energy" into his tyres as they are cold
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Kobayashi's Caterham is sliding all over the circuit
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Rosberg heads out, but it's just an out-in lap from the Mercedes driver
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Magnussen mirrors Rosberg by sampling the conditions but failing to post a time
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Vettel sets quick times in the first two sectors, but pits before crossing the line
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Raikkonen has gone fifth in his Ferrari
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Hamilton departs for a late run
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Vettel is struggling with ERS problems
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He pits after a rather downbeat radio message
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No time from Hamilton, who pits after an exploratory lap
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The chequered flag comes out, bringing FP3 to an end
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Ricciardo finishes on top for Red Bull, ahead of Massa and Grosjean
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Stay tuned to the website for a session report and full results
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We will be back for qualifying, which gets underway at 2pm local time (GMT +8)