Hamilton won pole position in Shanghai
Lewis Hamilton won pole position for the Chinese GP at Shanghai circuit. Reigning champion was just 0.04 seconds faster than his teammate Nico Rosberg, while from the second row of the Sunday’s race will start Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Felipe Massa in Williams.
It was the world champion’s third successive pole position to start the season, and his fifth overall in Shanghai and after all he has to be considered as a main favorite for the victory.
In the first qualifying round Nico Hulkenberg, Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso, Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi were cut off, while the secong qualifying round set few surprises. Daniil Kvyat, Pastor Maldonado and Sergio Perez were eliminated for the last round and amongst them both Toro Rosso cars with Carlos Sainz and Max Verstappen failed to go through Q3.
In the first qualifying round Ferrari set the pace with Vettel’s 1:37.502 lap time and Raikkonen’s 1:37.790, but in the second round, after tyres changing, Mercedes proved their superiority. Hamilton had best lap with 1:36.423. which was 0.324 seconds faster than Nico Rosberg’s lap time.
First qualifying round finished as it was expected, because outsiders failed to make any impact. McLaren didn’t looked as good as it looked at Friday’s free practices.
As Hamilton set the pace in the second round in front of Rosberg and Vettel, there was a dramatic shoot-out at the end of the segment which saw the Williams and Saubers jump up at the expense of Pastor Maldonado’s Lotus, Kvyat’s Red Bull and the Toro Rosso duo.
In the third qualifying round it was obvious that both Williams could be serious contenders for the high finish and it was prooved at the end with Massa clinching 4th and Bottas finishing 5th.
Sauber also must be happy with their performance. Both cars went into third qualifying round and will start from the fifth row on Sunday. Daniel Ricciardo had some ups and downs, but he have to satisfied with 7th, as well as Lotus’ Romain Grosjean at 8th place.