Vettel leads FP3 in China; Police escort secured

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If practice, the first dry one, is anything to go on, the Chinese Grand Prix could be a competitive one to watch as Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel set the pace in the final session prior to qualifying. 

1Sebastian VettelFerrari1m33.336s20
2Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m33.389s0.053s19
3Valtteri BottasMercedes1m33.707s0.371s26
4Lewis HamiltonMercedes1m33.879s0.543s25
5Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m34.773s1.437s23
6Max VerstappenRed Bull/Renault1m34.946s1.610s20
7Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/Renault1m35.092s1.756s23
8Lance StrollWilliams/Mercedes1m35.182s1.846s24
9Jolyon PalmerRenault1m35.192s1.856s21
10Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Renault1m35.223s1.887s24
11Nico HulkenbergRenault1m35.449s2.113s22
12Kevin MagnussenHaas/Ferrari1m35.521s2.185s22
13Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m35.626s2.290s20
14Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari1m35.680s2.344s22
15Daniil KvyatToro Rosso/Renault1m35.804s2.468s23
16Esteban OconForce India/Mercedes1m35.811s2.475s24
17Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1m35.912s2.576s17
18Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m36.063s2.727s25
19Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren/Honda1m36.221s2.885s21
20Antonio GiovinazziSauber/Ferrari1m36.705s3.369s24

Vettel was three tenths clear of the closest Mercedes driven by Valtteri Bottas and a full half second faster than Lewis Hamilton. Vettel’s teammate, Kimi Raikkonen, was just five hundredths of a second off the German’s pace. 

Felipe Mass pipped the two Red Bulls driving his Williams to fifth with his rookie teammate, Lance Stroll, doing a handy job in 8th. 

Helicopter rule

The FIA also have secured a police escort in case of inclement weather that might prevent the helicopter from flying. This escort is to insure that any person can reach a local hospital in 20 minutes or less…and FIA rule.  It was this very rule that spoiled the previous practice sessions. 

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Salvu Borg

the FIA made arrangements to have the special neurological equipment and specialists transferred to the nearer hospital, as the hospital furthest away agreed to lend their spare equipment and off duty specialists. so even transport by ambulance time will be reduced if they have to use land transport.