2014 Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix - Second free practice

05:52
Welcome to live coverage of second practice for the Chinese Grand Prix!
05:53
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso was the man in charge this morning
05:53
He comfortably led Nico Rosberg's Mercedes and Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull
05:54
Sauber driver Adrian Sutil and Williams man Valtteri Bottas return to the wheel this afternoon, after Giedo van der Garde and Felipe Nasr's appearances
05:59
06:00
Green flag. The second session of the weekend begins
06:00
Maldonado is the first driver out on track for Lotus
06:01
Plenty of cars now following for their opening laps
06:04
06:05
Sutil gets time timesheets rolling with a 1:45.104
06:06
Maldonado runs wide at the first corner, again after changing a steering wheel setting
06:07
Kvyat moves to the front on 1:41.279
06:08
Mercedes reports that Hamilton suffered a suspension issue this morning
06:09
Magnussen up to second, a tenth down on Kvyat
06:10
Button slots into third, just behind his team-mate
06:11
Replays show Maldonado locking his front tyres under braking for Turn 14
06:13
Just Raikkonen and Hamilton yet to appear
06:13
Ericsson is told that he can brake 10 metres later at Turn 11
06:15
Vettel goes quickest with a 1:41.087
06:16
Massa usurps the World Champion on 1:40.788
06:17
After a flurry of further improvements, Alonso leads with a time of 1:39.251
06:17
That's half a second quicker than he managed in the opening session
06:17
Rosberg is second, ahead of Ricciardo, Massa and Vettel
06:19
06:20
Ferrari has sent Raikkonen out on track
06:21
He stays out to start a flying lap
06:22
Replays show Gutierrez having to dramatically dart away from Raikkonen's car, which slowed on the racing line under braking for the penultimate corner
06:23
Maldonado is the first driver to head out on the Soft compound tyre
06:23
06:25
Maldonado finds two seconds on the Softs, moving up to fourth position
06:26
Raikkonen is seventh after his first timed lap
06:27
Hamilton heads out for the first time this afternoon
06:31
Perez, on Softs, goes third with a 1:40.124
06:32
Maldonado has hit the barriers upon entry to the pits
06:33
It's the same spot that Hamilton beached his car during the 2007 event
06:33
The front end of the car is significantly damaged
06:34
Replays show him entering the pits too quickly, losing control and sliding into the wall
06:34
Rosberg, also on Softs, has gone fastest on 1:38.726
06:36
Maldonado forlornly makes his way back to the Lotus garage
06:36
Meanwhile, the Venezuelan's car is recovered
06:37
The final bits of debris are collected and the track is green once more
06:37
Hamilton is complaining of understeer through the first corner
06:39
Replays show Kobayashi spinning under braking for Turn 6
06:39
The Caterham driver continues without major drama
06:39
Plenty of drivers switching to the Soft rubber now
06:41
Ricciardo moves up to second in his Red Bull
06:41
Alonso retakes the top spot with a 1:38.456
06:42
Both men are lapping on the Soft compound
06:42
Vettel goes fourth, two tenths down on team-mate Ricciardo
06:42
Grosjean crosses the line in fifth, just over a second adrift of pace-setter Alonso
06:44
Hamilton heads out for a Soft-tyre run
06:47
Hamilton goes quickest on 1:38.315
06:47
Replays show Raikkonen running wide at the final corner
06:51
Raikkonen and Ericsson are the only drivers yet to trial the Soft tyres
06:54
Kobayashi runs off the track at Turn 11
06:55
Raikkonen heads out on the Soft tyres
06:56
Ericsson has also swapped to the Option compound
06:59
Raikkonen jumps from 18th to seventh
06:59
He's just under a second down on Hamilton
07:02
Hamilton still leading the way from Alonso and Rosberg
07:05
Most drivers focusing on longer runs now
07:05
07:11
"Struggling with the left front," reports Ricciardo
07:11
He is told that other drivers are also suffering from tyre degradation
07:12
Replays show Hamilton locking up and running wide at Turn 6
07:15
Chilton spins and recovers on the exit of Turn 2
07:15
Alonso is chasing a pack of cars as the race runs continue
07:18
All drivers bar the sidelined Maldonado currently lapping
07:24
Replays show Hulkenberg and Sutil getting close to each other at Turn 6
07:25
Just under five minutes left on the clock
07:27
"Something's not right about this car, I'm coming in," says Hamilton over the radio
07:28
He returns to the pits, but heads straight through and completes a practice start
07:30
FP2 concludes as the chequered flag comes out
07:30
Hamilton ends the day on top with a 1:38.315
07:30
Alonso finishes 0.141 seconds adrift, with Rosberg third
07:31
Thank you for joining us throughout Friday's action; stay tuned to the website for an FP2 report, full results plus the latest news and photos
07:31
We will be back for Saturday's final practice session at 11am local time (GMT +8)