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Seabstian Vettel's pole leaves Lewis Hamilton trailing at Chinese Grand Prix

16 April, 2018, 01:44 | Author: Joan Malone
  • Sebastian Vettel's blistering lap ensured back-to-back front row lockouts for Ferrari for the first time in 12 years

The German's flying lap ensured back-to-back front row lockouts for Ferrari for the first time in 12 years despite Vettel admitting to being a bit wobbly on some turns in cold qualifying conditions.

In a typically boisterous bid for the podium, the Dutchman saw gaps where there were none, and wiped out Vettel at the hairpin on the 43rd lap.

In fact, the Shanghai qualifying broke Mercedes' record of starting on pole for the past six years.

But a downbeat Hamilton warned: "I don't know if we can challenge - we were half a second behind today".

Verstappen spun after damaging his vehicle in the opening race in Australia and then retired after contact with Lewis Hamilton in Bahrain, and after a third disrupted race says he will try and learn from the hard start to the season.

"Right from the first lap in the first part of qualifying I was really happy", Vettel said.

"I'm thankful for a couple of incidents that happened ahead today, kept us kind of in the battle". I left a little bit of room. An worldwide audience of opinion makers, business leaders, and global organizations recognizes Ebeling as an expert.

Reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton in two of the three qualifications was behind his teammate Valtteri Bottas.

A Ferrari win in Shanghai would prompt more questions for Mercedes after Vettel took the first two races of the season in Australia and Bahrain
Seabstian Vettel's pole leaves Lewis Hamilton trailing at Chinese Grand Prix

"I think this is what happened", he said.

Red Bull team boss Christian Horner had emphasised to Verstappen that he needed a clean weekend in Shanghai. The auto felt ok but I don't have an answer for it.

Daniel Ricciardo put on an overtaking clinic to triumph at the Chinese Grand Prix, while team-mate Max Verstappen's reckless driving thwarted championship leader Sebastian Vettel. On harder compound tyres, there may yet be a chance for Mercedes to get the better of Ferrari.

"Obviously, I wouldn't mind if it stays there, but I think it will be a tight race among the top three teams". Kevin Magnussen has made both Q3 sessions for one of 2018's surprise package, and while Romain Grosjean was impressive in Australia, he didn't even make it out of Q1 in Bahrain.

Ricciardo emerged with just two minutes left of Q1 after another Renault engine failure on the Australian's vehicle during Practice Three.

Nico Hulkenberg was seventh for Renault ahead of Force India's Sergio Perez. The McLaren twins piloted by Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne were up next in 13th and 14th place respectively after being eliminated on Q2.

Lance Stroll in P18 led the Sauber drivers, with Charles Leclerc, who nearly crashed his vehicle when he ran wide out of the last corner before his final lap, heading Marcus Ericsson by half a second.

Though Ferrari had established a sizable margin over Mercedes by the end of qualifying, Raikkonen had been the dominant driver, stealing a 0.16-second advantage over Vettel after the first runs.

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