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

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.

“It’s not been the easiest of days, but we’ve got this evening to do some work and try and figure out where we are,” he said. “The car can always be better.

“It doesn’t feel spectacular, it’s a lot harder here for some reason than it has been in other places.”

Hamilton admitted that he was frustrated to have run so few laps in the morning session.

“We don’t have many laps as it is, so every lap counts. Usually in P1 you make a setup change, and  go out and test it again when you get fresh tires, then you do a bit of a longer run on that set. We lost a bit of time, but it’s O.K. It’s not the first time.

“You need more laps, more tires, more opportunities to change the car, so tonight we’ve got to gauge where the track is going to go tomorrow, and hope that we get the balance right. If it rains tomorrow we won’t even know if we’ve made the right change, then you get into the race and find out if you’ve got it right or not.”

Practice 2 Results:

  1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:38.315
  2. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1:38.456
  3. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:38.726
  4. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing-Renault) 1:38.811
  5. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing-Renault) 1:39.015
  6. Felipe Massa (Williams-Mercedes) 1:39.118
  7. Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) 1:39.283
  8. Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes) 1:39.491
  9. Romain Grosjean (Lotus-Renault) 1:39.537
  10. Daniil Kvyat (STR-Renault) 1:39.648
  11. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India-Mercedes) 1:39.736
  12. Kevin Magnussen (McLaren-Mercedes) 1:39.744
  13. Jean-Eric Vergne (STR-Renault) 1:39.759
  14. Valtteri Bottas (Williams-Mercedes) 1:39.830
  15. Sergio Perez (Force India-Mercedes) 1:40.124
  16. Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber-Ferrari) 1:40.359
  17. Adrian Sutil (Sauber-Ferrari) 1:40.395
  18. Pastor Maldonado (Lotus-Renault) 1:40.455
  19. Jules Bianchi (Marussia-Ferrari) 1:42.327
  20. Max Chilton (Marussia-Ferrari) 1:43.473
  21. Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham-Renault) 1:43.530
  22. Marcus Ericsson (Caterham-Renault) 1:43.679

Practice 1 Results:

  1. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) 1:39.783
  2. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes) 1:40.181
  3. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull Racing-Renault) 1:40.772
  4. Jenson Button (McLaren-Mercedes) 1:40.970
  5. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India-Mercedes) 1:41.175
  6. Kevin Magnussen (McLaren-Mercedes) 1:41.366
  7. Jean-Eric Vergne (STR-Renault) 1:41.505
  8. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes) 1:41.560
  9. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing-Renault) 1:41.629
  10. Felipe Massa (Williams-Mercedes) 1:41.699
  11. Daniil Kvyat (STR-Renault) 1:41.977
  12. Romain Grosjean (Lotus-Renault) 1:42.090
  13. Felipe Nasr (Williams-Mercedes) 1:42.265
  14. Giedo van der Garde (Sauber-Ferrari) 1:42.615
  15. Sergio Perez Force (India-Mercedes) 1:42.733
  16. Pastor Maldonado (Lotus-Renault) 1:43.731
  17. Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham-Renault) 1:44.038
  18. Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber-Ferrari) 1:44.162
  19. Jules Bianchi (Marussia-Ferrari) 1:44.270
  20. Max Chilton (Marussia-Ferrari) 1:44.782
  21. Marcus Ericsson (Caterham-Renault) 1:44.835
  22. Kimi Räikkönen (Ferrari) No time

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