Verstappen will not change approach despite Hamilton clash


Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton was fastest in both Friday's practice sessions for the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix, as the Mercedes driver looks to get back to winning ways in Shanghai.

"It's good to see all the times so close, but it means that we really need to bring our A game". F1 cars are the pinnacle of racing technology and we have two pairs of pit passes up for grabs for you to see how it all works in amongst the action and behind the scenes.

Verstappen earlier accused the four-times world champion of taking the easy option in blaming him for the collision at Sakhir, and said he would not be doing anything different in future.

Verstappen had attempted to pass Hamilton last Sunday when the two came together, causing a puncture for the Red Bull driver, who was forced to retire.

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"I think it's important, if you want to fight for the championship, to score a lot of points in every race - the more, the better - but, at this point, it's nonsense to even be thinking of where you might be".

And Toro Rosso were again ahead of McLaren, Pierre Gasly, so impressive on his way to fourth in Bahrain last weekend, 11th fastest, 0.007secs quicker than McLaren's Fernando Alonso.

The best Vettel had managed in the morning had been sixth, 0.862 seconds off Hamilton's pace.

Verstappen and Hamilton collided early in the race in Bahrain, forcing the Dutchman to retire and the Briton to settle for third, just behind his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas.

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"We spent a bit of time during the first session today working on the setup of the vehicle in order to understand it better", explained Verstappen. So just as we were signing just now I shook his hand and I was like "look, I'm sorry about the last race". Perhaps it is Renault leading the race for fourth-quickest auto - Carlos Sainz was eighth in P1 and Nico Hulkenberg was sixth in P2 - but you could make arguments for many teams.

The two practice sessions were affected by windy, overcast weather along with intermittent drizzles, although no rain is forecast for the rest of the weekend.

Haas' Romain Grosjean and Williams' Lance Stroll finished comfortably adrift of the midfield after both making mistakes on their Ultrasoft push laps.

The Canadian, having gone slowest in the opening session, continued to prop up the timesheets in the afternoon.

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The Mercedes driver said: "They are going to be hard to beat".