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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".

Formula One: Ricciardo playing 'catch-up' after failed appeal

Daniel Ricciardo said Thursday he hadn't been counting on having his second place in the Australian Grand Prix reinstated on appeal and insisted he had "moved on" from the failed bid. The Red Bull driver was stripped of the 18 points he would have scored for crossing the line second at his home grand prix in Melbourne -- his first podium finish -- for a fuel-flow violation. The team lodged an appeal with governing body FIA, but on Tuesday it was dismissed leaving Ricciardo, who finished fourth in Bahrain, 10th in the drivers' standings on 12 points instead of third on 30.

Formula One: Hulkenberg denies strike threat over wages

Nico Hulkenberg on Thursday denied reports that F1 drivers were threatening to go on strike over unpaid salaries, but he called for quick action to resolve the problem. Hulkenberg said it was "not good for the sport" that drivers were kept waiting for their wages and said discussions were underway to find a solution. Germany's Sport Bild magazine claimed this week that several drivers for smaller teams, including Hulkenberg, who drove for Sauber last year, were still owed unpaid wages dating back to 2013.

Formula One: I haven't met the new boss, admits Alonso

Fernando Alonso paid tribute Thursday to former Ferrari team boss Stefano Domenicali, who sensationally quit this week, and admitted that he had not even spoken to the new man at the helm. Domenicali stepped down on Monday, after a torrid start to the season, culminating most recently in the team's drivers trailing in ninth and 10th in Bahrain two weeks ago. "Stefano is a great man, first of all, and I am a close friend of his -- that is no secret," said Alonso in a press conference ahead of Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.
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