Chinese GP: practice

Lewis Hamilton could actually become world champion on Sunday at the Chinese GP, which is pretty amazing for British fans, when you think we’ve not had a world champion since Damon Hill back in 1996. The chances are pretty slim that he’ll do it mind, but it’s definitely possible.

To find himself as world champion come the end of the afternoon, one of the following three outcomes needs to occur:

Lewis finishes 1st with Felipe Massa in 5th, or worse.
Lewis comes 2nd with Massa 7th or worse.
Lewis arrives home in 3rd with Massa failing to score at all, and Robert Kubica not winning the race.

And if this morning’s practice form is anything to go by, then Lewis is certainly showing that he means business, after he gapped second place man Fernando Alonso by nearly 0.3s, with his first session’s quickest time remaining unbeaten all day.

Alonso’s Renault looked good and even his teammate Nelson Piquet ran well, quick enough for third spot.

Toyota’s Jarno Trulli had a difficult time in session one, but drove to fourth quickest in the afternoon.

The Ferrari’s were curiously off the pace, with Felipe Massa in sixth and Kimi Raikkonen in eigth, but they were both concentrating on long runs. A very intriguing amount of under the radar activity!

There was also a large amount of spins and offs, with Sebastien Bourdais having several off-track excursions. Raikkonen, Hamilton, Webber and Piquet also had a few moments between them.

So, are you up to making any predictions?

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