SHANGHAI — Felipe Massa emerged fastest from a second practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix at the Shanghai Int’l Circuit on Friday in which lap times were heavily affected by rubber thrown off Pirelli’s soft-compound tires.
The Brazilian lapped his Ferrari in 1:35.340 on the soft tires, but it was his long run pace on the mediums that was really impressive and bodes well for the Scuderia’s race chances.
Kimi Raikkonen got closest to his outright pace with 1:35.492 for Lotus, and Fernando Alonso took third place for Ferrari with 1:35.755. Nico Rosberg, who had set the pace initially, rounded out the top four for Mercedes with 1:35.819.
As the session reached the hour mark there was so much rubber off line that going any faster wasn’t possible and teams concentrated on longer runs.
That left Mark Webber fifth for Red Bull on 1:36.092, from Jenson Button’s McLaren on 1:36.432 and Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes on 1:36.496.