Chinese GP: Verstappen sets pace in rain-hit opening practice

Johannesburg [South Africa], Apr. 07 : Red Bull's Max Verstappen emerged as the fastest driver in the opening practice session of this weekend's Chinese Grand Prix which was badly disrupted by poor visibility.

The 18-year-old, who clocked the fastest lap of one minute and 50.491 seconds, was 1.595 seconds quicker than Williams Felipe Massa, Sport24 reported.

Lance Stroll finished third fastest in his Williams followed by Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz, who was 2.349 seconds slower than Verstappen.

Haas' Romain Grosjean and Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat were fifth and sixth quickest, respectively. Meanwhile, three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton and Melbourne winner Sebastian Vettel were among those not to run in the race.

The opening session was stopped twice because the medical support helicopter was unable to operate in the poor Shanghai weather.

Source: ANI