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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. 

Pos Driver Car Time Gap Laps
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m33.336s 20
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m33.389s 0.053s 19
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m33.707s 0.371s 26
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m33.879s 0.543s 25
5 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m34.773s 1.437s 23
6 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m34.946s 1.610s 20
7 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m35.092s 1.756s 23
8 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m35.182s 1.846s 24
9 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m35.192s 1.856s 21
10 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.223s 1.887s 24
11 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m35.449s 2.113s 22
12 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m35.521s 2.185s 22
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m35.626s 2.290s 20
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m35.680s 2.344s 22
15 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m35.804s 2.468s 23
16 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m35.811s 2.475s 24
17 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m35.912s 2.576s 17
18 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.063s 2.727s 25
19 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m36.221s 2.885s 21
20 Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber/Ferrari 1m36.705s 3.369s 24

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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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.