Max Verstappen topped the first Formula 1 free practice session of the Chinese Grand Prix weekend, which was disrupted by two lengthy red flag periods.

The Red Bull driver made the best of the very limited running on offer, emerging from the garage on the intermediate tyres at just the right time to end up 1.5s clear of Williams drivers Felipe Massa and Lance Stroll.

It took more than 45 minutes for the session to properly get going, thanks to a lengthy red flag.

The stoppage was initially called shortly after the session had started, due to weather conditions in Shanghai being unsuitable for the medical helicopter to land at the hospital if needed.

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