Daniel Ricciardo on track during final practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on Saturday. Picture: Lars Baron/Getty
Daniel Ricciardo on track during final practice for the Formula One Grand Prix of China at Shanghai International Circuit on Saturday. Picture: Lars Baron/Getty

Phew! Ricciardo makes it with seconds to spare

Red Bull's troubled start to the new Formula One season took another twist in China after Daniel Ricciardo's engine blew up in final practice.

The Australian, who retired from last weekend's Bahrain Grand Prix with an electrical failure, now faces a race to be ready for qualifying after his dramatic engine issue on Saturday.

Flames, and then white smoke, poured out the back of the Australian's car before he stopped at the side of the circuit.

There was drama, too, for defending champion Lewis Hamilton after he made a rare mistake at turn 10 and lost control of his Mercedes.

Hamilton, fastest in both sessions on Friday, ran on to the damp artificial turf, sending him into a spin.

The Englishman managed to keep his car on the tarmac and was able to gingerly creep back to the pits.

Hamilton finished fifth on the time sheets, one second down on Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who clocked the fastest time of the morning session one minute and 33.018 seconds.


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