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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.

Apr 18

No current plans for more Honda-powered F1 cars

Honda has announced that the McLaren F1 team, seen testing here at Bahrain, will be the only F1 team in 2015 with Honda-power. (Photos: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

The McLaren F1 team, seen testing here at Bahrain, will be the only F1 team in 2015 with Honda-power. (Photos: Alastair Staley/LAT Photographic)

Honda F1 boss Yasuhisa Arai was non-committal today when asked about plans to extend F1 engine supply beyond McLaren.

McLaren will initially have exclusive use of the new power unit when the Japanese manufacturer returns to the sport next season.

Apr 18

Friday practice results: Hamilton fast but frustrated in China

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in second practice on Friday at Shanghai International Circuit in his Mercedes W05. (Photo: Andy Hone/LAT Photographic)

Lewis Hamilton was fastest in second practice on Friday at Shanghai International Circuit in his Mercedes W05. (Photo: Andy Hone/LAT Photographic)

Lewis Hamilton may have been fastest on Friday in China, but the Briton was clearly far from satisfied with the setup of his Mercedes.

At one point he told the team “there’s something wrong with this car.” He’d already had suspension issues in the morning session, which saw him run only nine laps.