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China 2009 - Free Practice 3 // An hour-long pre-qualifying session in Shanghai

Published by Christine

Free Practice 3 will be the closest we get to what may happen in qualifying, and most of the teams will be trying their best to get the setup to their liking before Q1 gets underway.

Weather update

It doesn't look like the anticipated rain is heading inwards, with temperatures still cool, but at least dry conditions. Some have said a little bit of rain would spice things up, but it's so hard to wish for rain now we've been burnt.

One to watch

Bourdais has had the measure of Buemi in both sessions so far, and it looks like he may have turned a corner. Last season it all went wrong for him after the first few races, so this year might be the opposite and we might start seeing good times for the Toro Rosso.

Predictions please

Will the McLaren be able to bring their performance up to scratch again, or was that a one time only deal? Will Brawn GP still rule supreme? Who'll top FP3 and what does that mean for qualifying later today?




Free Practice 3 will be the closest we get to what may happen in qualifying, and most of the teams will be trying their best to get the setup to their liking before Q1 gets underway.

Event start

04:00GMT +01:00

18 April 2009