Shanghai: Force India`s Adrian Sutil finished ahead of the Renault pair of Nick Heidfeld and Vitaly Petrov in the practice session for the Chinese Grand Prix on Friday.
Sutil, driving the VJM04/04, completed 35 laps with a timing of 1:38.735 to finish seventh, but his teammate Paul di Resta was forced out of action during the second session due to some technical snag.
De Resta finished 15th in the first practice session with a timing of 1:41.610 while completing 18 laps.
Indian driver Narain Karthikeyan of Hispania Racing Team finished 20th with a timing of 1:42.902, one place ahead of Valentino Liuzzi, who could only complete a single late lap in the afternoon session.
"The first session was really good, everybody worked well today and I am really happy and could concentrate on the normal Friday things like improving my car, set-up wise. We were not that far off straight away and after the first couple of laps I felt very confident in the car," said Sutil.
"With a hard set of tyres the balance was fine and feeling wise there was much more stability this weekend, so our upgrade might have helped. The soft tyre worked without problems. The long run seemed to be quite good so yes, another
one like this tomorrow and I`ll be happy," Sutil added.
Di Resta said he was at a disadvantage after missing out on the second practice session.
"I am a little more disadvantaged than I have been at any other grand prix now because effectively I have lost three sets of tyres and the important part where you try to do a bit of qualy and race simulation. The guys are working hard, so hopefully we can catch up on some lost ground tomorrow morning," he said.
Force India`s test driver Nico Hilkenberg of Germany finished 13th in the first practice session.
Sebastian Vettel set the best time. He was almost 0.2 seconds faster than McLaren`s Lewis Hamilton, who in turn was 0.1 second faster than teammate Jenson Button in the afternoon practice session.
The Mercedes pair of Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher were fourth and fifth respectively while Ferrari`s Felipe Massa clocked the sixth-best time.