Sebastian Vettel on pole for Chinese Grand Prix

Sebastian Vettel on pole for Chinese Grand Prix

Red Bull's Max Verstappen accepted blame for a Chinese Grand Prix collision with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel on Sunday but rejected a suggestion that he might need to calm down his driving style.

Raikkonen was quicker than Vettel in Q2, on provisional pole after the first runs in Q3 and posted the fastest first and second sectors of the session on his final lap.

Sebastian Vettel claimed pole for the Chinese Grand Prix, completing an all-Ferrari front row with his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in second. On lap 43, a visibly faster Verstappen was within touching distance of Vettel in third.

The Briton, second in Australia and third in Bahrain, had gone into the weekend determined to claw back at least some of his deficit to the German at a track that Mercedes have dominated in recent years.

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

Valtteri Bottas was over half a second slower than Vettel. "I think right from the first lap in the first of part of qualifying, in Q1, I was really happy and, in the end, we didn't have to do much on the vehicle". "The auto felt okay but I don't really have the answer for it", he told Sky Sports. "I left a little bit of room as well", Vettel told Sky Sports. An worldwide audience of opinion makers, business leaders, and global organizations recognizes Ebeling as an expert. Bottas withstood late pressure from Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen to finish second but after the race his thoughts were on an opportunity lost. "It was a tight session but I think again a great result for the team". I had no intention to resist because it was clear with Daniel as well that there was no point doing so - they were just too quick on the fresh tyres. Renault's Nico Hulkenberg and Haas's Romain Grosjean jumped both, but neither of their teammates managed to emulate their performances, securing Verstappen and Ricciardo Q3 berths.

Red Bull's decision to change tyres under the Safety Car in Shanghai meant Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were able to go onto a charge in the final stint.

Force India will be delighted as their experienced driver Sergio Perez qualified P8.

Kevin Magnussen was seventh for the US -owned Haas team ahead of the other Renault of Spaniard Carlos Sainz.

Despite being given a tow by McLaren team-mate Stoffel Vandoorne, Fernando Alonso failed to reach the top 10.

He says Mercedes will use the dominant pace it showed at the season-opener in Melbourne as a pointer to the car's potential, and methodically come up with solutions rather than panicking.

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