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Vettel on pole for Chinese GP

2010-04-17 09:41
Shanghai - Sebastian Vettel gave Red Bull their fourth pole position in four races with a searing late lap in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday.

The German clocked one minute 34.558 seconds to pip team mate Mark Webber with his final lap and claim the eighth pole position of his career - his third of the year - and justify his position as favourite in Shanghai.

Vettel led Australian Webber to a Red Bull one-two in the last race in Malaysia and in Shanghai last year and the 22-year-old will take the lead in the drivers' championship with victory on Sunday.

Twice world champion Fernando Alonso of Spain was third quickest for Ferrari and will line up alongside the Mercedes of German Nico Rosberg on the second row of the grid.

Briton Lewis Hamilton had looked quick all day but had to settle for sixth place and a place alongside his McLaren team mate and world champion Jenson Button, who was fifth quickest.

Championship leader Felipe Massa of Brazil was seventh fastest for Ferrari ahead of Poland's Robert Kubica, who was again impressively quick for Renault.

On a cool but sunny Shanghai day, there was never the prospect of the torrential downpour that destroyed McLaren and Ferrari's qualifying last time out in Malaysia. Rain is, however, forecast for Sunday.

Provisional qualifying results from the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix in Shanghai on Saturday:

 1.  Sebastian Vettel          Red Bull      1:34.558
 2.  Mark Webber            Red Bull      1:34.806
 3.  Fernando Alonso            Ferrari       1:34.913
 4.  Nico Rosberg            Mercedes      1:34.923
 5.  Jenson Button                McLaren       1:34.979
 6.  Lewis Hamilton            McLaren       1:35.034
 7.  Felipe Massa                Ferrari       1:35.180
 8.  Robert Kubica                Renault       1:35.364
 9.  Michael Schumacher        Mercedes      1:35.646
 10. Adrian Sutil                Force India   1:35.963
 11. Rubens Barrichello        Williams      1:35.748
 12. Jaime Alguersuari             Toro Rosso    1:36.047
 13. Sebastien Buemi            Toro Rosso    1:36.149
 14. Vitaly Petrov                Renault       1:36.311
 15. Kamui Kobayashi            BMW Sauber    1:36.422
 16. Nico Huelkenberg            Williams      1:36.647
 17. Pedro de la Rosa            BMW Sauber    1:37.020
 18. Vitantonio Liuzzi            Force India   1:37.161
 19. Timo Glock                Virgin        1:39.278
 20. Jarno Trulli                Lotus         1:39.399
 21. Heikki Kovalainen            Lotus         1:39.520
 22. Lucas Di Grassi                Virgin        1:39.783
 23. Bruno Senna                HRT           1:40.469
 24. Karun Chandhok                HRT           1:40.578


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