The complete 2009 Chinese GP review

The complete 2009 Chinese GP review

A thorough review of all the events and results from round three of the season

PRACTICE 1 – FRIDAY AM

As the timing of and reasons for Ron Dennis's final departure kept the McLaren team at the centre of the headlines during the Shanghai build-up, Lewis Hamilton provided a welcome distraction for his under-pressure squad by topping opening practice in his slightly upgraded car.

The world champion upstaged even the Brawns, which were second and third, ahead of Heikki Kovalainen in the second McLaren.

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