Sebastian Vettel fastest for Ferrari in final China GP practice

Sebastian Vettel set the pace during final Formula 1 practice for the Chinese Grand Prix, heading a Ferrari one-two after Lewis Hamilton made a mistake on his final run.

Vettel ended up just five-hundredths clear of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, setting his benchmark 1m33.336s during a super-soft run midway through the hour-long session.

Hamilton wasted his opportunity to knock Vettel off top spot when he ran wide at the hairpin on his final super-soft run, having set the best first sector time of all and been just two-thousandths of a second slower than the Ferrari driver in the second.

Daniel Ricciardo led the early running, initially on softs before improving to a 1m35.647s using super-softs. This left him the best part of two seconds clear of Sergio Perez and Lance Stroll.

Raikkonen moved the benchmark into the 1m34s bracket right on the halfway point of the session with a 1m34.519s, despite complaining over the radio about a lack of front grip.

At almost the same time Sebastian Vettel made the move to the super-softs, taking more than a second out of Raikkonen's time to go fastest with a 1m33.336s.

Williams driver Felipe Massa also made gains on the softer rubber around the same time, jumping into third with a 1m35.092s, while Ricciardo improved to an identical time to the thousandth.

Valtteri Bottas, who lost his T-wing when it snapped off early in the session, made his move with 17 minutes to go, splitting the Ferraris with a 1m34.333s.

He was quickly displaced by team-mate Lewis Hamilton, who went second with a 1m34.093s.

But they were both shuffled back a spot several minutes later when Raikkonen restored the Ferrari one-two by improving to a 1m33.389s.

Hamilton then returned to the track with a few minutes to go to have one more crack at the Ferraris, but the error at the hairpin meant he only improved to a 1m33.879s.

This also gave Bottas the opportunity to sneak into third, jumping his team-mate with a 1m33.707s on his final run.

Massa was best of the rest in fifth after improving to a 1m34.773s, while Max Verstappen got ahead of Red Bull team-mate Ricciardo with a 1m34.946s set inside the last 10 minutes.

Lance Stroll and Jolyon Palmer were next in line, while Carlos Sainz was 10th quickest in the Toro Rosso.

All drivers set their best times on super-softs, except for Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat in 15th place.

China GP Free Practice 3
POSDRIVERCARTIMEGAPLAPS
1Sebastian VettelFerrari1m33.336s-20
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