Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Vettel beats Raikkonen to pole in Ferrari 1-2

Vettel beats Raikkonen to pole in Ferrari 1-2

Hamilton was out-qualified by teammate Valtteri Bottas and then lost out to Red Bull's Max Verstappen at the start. "It is a track where you just need to get in and find that sweet spot".

"Thank you guys, great qualifying, great auto", said Vettel, who also started from pole in Bahrain last weekend, over the team radio.

Sebastian Vettel led Kimi Raikkonen in a Ferrari front-row lockout as the Italian team dominated yesterday's qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix.

"I think he realized he was wrong", said Vettel.

"Nothing really happened", he said, when asked how he had lost out in the final sector.

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But his hopes of chalking up a sixth to extend Mercedes run of Shanghai success to seven straight victories on Sunday look bleak with the Briton 0.580 seconds off Vettel's pace.

He added: "Obviously, we've got a tough battle ahead of us, particularly on my side. It is disappointing, we gave it everything we had and it kind of feel we deserved the win today but we didn't get it today".

The first win in Australia was chalked down to luck after a computer glitch for Mercedes, while the second win was because of the team's struggle with their tires in the hot temperatures in Bahrain.

"That would not be the right mindset", he said.

"The auto felt OK but I don't have an answer for it". "That probably would have been the best idea but unfortunately that happened".

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The forecast is for a warmer race today and that should be better suited to Hamilton's Mercedes vehicle, but the Briton, who will have the Red Bull duo of Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo occupying his mirrors, fears he will be looking over his shoulder rather than hunting down Vettel.

Mechanics were seen frantically snapping major pieces of the car's body back into place as the clock ticked down, and the Australian driver tore out onto the track with only about a minute to spare. "It's obviously cooler. It's a different track, so I think, honestly, the first two races have been quite different, so it's not that straightforward to predict the third one. That will be fun".

Vettel and Ferrari ended Mercedes' six year reign as pole sitters at the Shanghai International Circuit in dominant fashion by making it a Ferrari 1-2.

"Maybe it's just wanting too much and I should just. not even calm down, but maybe oversee the situation a little bit more". But I wouldn't be surprised if that gap disappears and it will be a very tight race. I think it was all fair.

Rounding out the top ten on the grid were Nico Hulkenberg for Renault, Sergio Perez of Force India, Carlos Sainz of Renault and Romain Grosjean for Haas.

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