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New Ferrari boss thought job offer was April Fool

By Abhishek Takle SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Ferrari's new team principal Marco Mattiacci was taken by surprise when Luca di Montezemolo offered him the top job at Formula One's glamour team, the Italian initially believing the chairman's approach to be a joke. Mattiacci, formerly head of the Italian carmaker's North American operations, was named chief of Ferrari's competition division, including the Formula One team, on Monday after Stefano Domenicali took responsibility for the poor start to the season and resigned as team principal.

Hamilton leads second practice in China

By Abhishek Takle SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Lewis Hamilton overcame problems with his car's handling to return Mercedes to the top of the timesheets in the second practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday. Hamilton completed 25 laps of the 5.4 km Shanghai International Circuit in the afternoon session to end the day with a best time of one minute 38.315 seconds, edging out the morning's pacesetter Fernando Alonso by a tenth of a second.

Formula One: Ricciardo declares Red Bull 'are coming'

Daniel Ricciardo sounded a warning to Mercedes after the first practice sessions for Sunday's Chinese grand prix, declaring that they should watch out as Red Bull "are coming". Mercedes, having won the opening three races of the season, still appear to be the dominant force in Shanghai as Lewis Hamilton topped the times in Friday's second practice session.

Formula One: Chinese Grand prix practice times

Times from Friday's second practice session for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix, the fourth round of the 2014 Formula One world championship:

Formula One: Alonso cheer, Raikkonen woe for Ferrari

Fernando Alonso brought some welcome cheer to Ferrari after a troubled week by setting the fastest time in first practice for the Chinese grand prix on Friday. However it was a mixed morning for the Italian giants and their new team principal Marco Mattiacci, who was installed after Stefano Domenicali dramatically quit on Monday, as Kimi Raikkonen was unable to complete a timed lap after mechanical problems.

Formula One: Alonso cheer, Raikkonen woe for Ferrari

Fernando Alonso brought some welcome cheer to Ferrari after a troubled week by setting the fastest time in first practice for the Chinese grand prix on Friday. However it was a mixed morning for the Italian giants and their new team principal Marco Mattiacci, who was installed after Stefano Domenicali dramatically quit on Monday, as Kimi Raikkonen was unable to complete a timed lap after mechanical problems.

Formula One: Chinese Grand prix practice times

Times from Friday's first practice session for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix, the fourth round of the 2014 Formula One world championship:

Alonso yet to meet new Ferrari F1 boss

By Abhishek Takle SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Fernando Alonso spoke warmly of Stefano Domenicali on Thursday and revealed he had yet to speak to new Ferrari Formula One team boss Marco Mattiacci ahead of Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix. Domenicali, who had been with the Italian team for 23 years, quit this week after taking responsibility for a poor start to the season for the sport's oldest and most successful constructor.

Maldonado clears the air with Gutierrez

By Abhishek Takle SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Lotus Formula One driver Pastor Maldonado has cleared the air with Sauber's Esteban Gutierrez after picking up a grid penalty for sending the Mexican flying at the Bahrain Grand Prix. The Venezuelan refused to take the blame for the incident, however, and told reporters in China on Thursday that the spectacular flip had been a normal racing incident.

Formula One: 'Clear-the-air' talks for Rosberg, Hamilton

World championship leader Nico Rosberg said that his Mercedes team would sit down on Thursday night and clear the air between him and Lewis Hamilton after their battle in Bahrain. Hamilton held off his clearly quicker team-mate over the final few laps to win his second race in a row after a ding-dong duel, during which Rosberg complained over the radio, "That's not on". Rosberg admitted to reporters on Thursday that it had "taken a while" to get over coming second to Hamilton but added he was fully focused on Shanghai this weekend "because I know I can win here".
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