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China 2008 - Free Practice 3 // Lewis Hamilton leads two session, can he make it three?

Published by Christine

With Hamilton leading both sessions already this weekend, it looks as though the McLaren's are on fire for for this final championship push. Ferrari look to be less speedy, although they may be struggling with the cooler temperatures and their tyres. The battle will become clearer today during FP3 and Qualifying, so we'll be keeping a beady eye on all four drivers from the two teams.

Alonso managed to sneak into second at the last minute in FP2, so it shows that he believes it's never too late for a bit of competitive running. Perhaps Fernando is enjoying some better speed, or perhaps he's just trying to mess with the other guys heads, but either way, it is nice to see the man in the thick of it once again. Even Piquet managed to find a bit of pace at the end of Friday, so the Renault boys could do well this weekend.

Bourdais had a bit of an off into the gravel during Free Practice, and whilst it wasn't a damaging incident, it might have knocked his confidence a little. He was running well, close behind Hamilton, but after a few too many trips wide, he found himself beached off track. He even had to help the marshals sort themselves and the crane out to recover his stricken Toro Rosso. With just two more opportunities to prove his worth, perhaps the pressure is getting to the Frenchman.

What the weather holds for the next two days will also make an important difference to proceedings. So far we've seen the sun struggle to break through the clouds, with temperatures pretty cool, and the track struggling to come into its own as the sessions progress. Will we see rain in China?

As ever, ITV aren't aware there is a third session of Free Practice, so we will be searching for video streams on the web. 5live Sports Extra hasn't let us down yet, and it doesn't look like they'll be starting now. We'll have the Live Timing up, and I hope you can join us in the Live Commenting Live... Thing.




With Hamilton leading both sessions already this weekend, it looks as though the McLaren's are on fire for for this final championship push. Ferrari look to be less speedy, although they may be struggling with the cooler temperatures and their tyres.

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18 October 2008