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2018 Chinese GP: Formula One F1 Qualifying Results - Vettel, Ferrari On Pole!
Posted by: ASkyler on Apr 14, 2018 - 05:07 AM
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2018 Chinese GP: Formula One F1 Qualifying Results - Vettel, Ferrari On Pole!

By Mike Sulka

Ferrari, Vettel dominate! Sebastian Vettel and his No. 5 Ferrari set an unofficial track record - !:31.095 - on his way to a fourth pole at the Chinese Grand Prix. It is also Vettel's second pole of the season, and 52nd of his F1 career. Vettel has started the 2018 season with two victories, and looks primed for a third. No driver who has won the first two Grand Prix of a season has failed to win the drivers world championship.

For Ferrari, it is the team's second straight pole, and second straight front row lock-up. Things are looking up for Ferrari.

Kimi Raikkonen and his No. 7 Ferrari qualified on the front row for the third straight Grand Prix. Raikkonen definitely seems to like this year's model, but has yet to take Pole with it.

The often maligned Valtteri Bottas and his No. 77 Mercedes out qualified his teammate Lewis Hamilton on track for the second straight Grand Prix. Things could get interesting at Mercedes if this trend continues. Neither driver was anywhere close to the Ferrari pair.

Red Bull and Max Verstappen are once again best of the rest and will start fifth. If they can just close the gap to Mercedes and Ferrari by two to three tenths, this season could move from interesting to a wild shoot out.

Here's hoping for the wild shoot out!

Q1 Recap

Sebastian Vettel and his No. 5 Ferrari led the way in the Q1 qualifying with a lap of 1:32.171. He was nearly three tenths quicker than his teammate Kimi Raikkonen, and seven tenths up on Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes) and Max Verstappen (Red Bull). Nearly every driver used the ultra soft Pirelli (purple) tyre.

KO'd in Q1: Sergey Sirotkin (Williams), Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso), Lance Stroll (Williams), Charles Leclerc (Sauber), Marcus Ericsson (Sauber). After the great weekend at Bahrain, Gasly's miss was quite the surprise.

Q2 Recap

Raikkonen would set the early top marker of 1:32.286 with Vettel a tenth behind. Both Ferrari and Mercedes would elect to run Q2 with the soft (yellow) Pirelli tyre. Looking to extend their first stints, though neither the soft or the ultrasoft has gone longer than 22 laps yet. All other cars were on ultrasofts.

In the end, Lewis Hamilton would leap to the top of the charts while the Ferrari drivers sat quietly in the garage.

KO'd in Q2: Kevin Magnussen (Haas), Esteban Ocon (Force India), Fernando Alonso (McLaren Renault), Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren Renault), Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso). The McLaren and Toro Rosso fight continues to be intriguing due to the off-season engine changes, but as of right now neither move looks to have been genius.

Q3 Recap

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen was fastest after the first runs for Pole, he would lead Vettel by .161. Behind Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton would lag significantly on the ultrasoft tyre.

Sebastian Vettel would make an awesome final run to snatch Pole away from Raikkonen leaving the Finn a bridesmaid again.

Mercedes would once again fail to catch the Ferrari, and the gap seems to be increasing.

Next up, the 2018 Formula One F1 Chinese Grand Prix on Sunday!


2018 Chinese GP: Formula One Qualifying Results
15Sebastian VettelFERRARI1:32.1711:32.3851:31.09515
27Kimi RaikkonenFERRARI1:32.4741:32.2861:31.18217
377Valtteri BottasMERCEDES1:32.9211:32.0631:31.62520
444Lewis HamiltonMERCEDES1:33.2831:31.9141:31.67517
533Max VerstappenRed Bull Racing TAG HEUER1:32.9321:32.8091:31.79612
63Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing TAG HEUER1:33.8771:32.6881:31.94812
727Nico HulkenbergRENAULT1:33.5451:32.4941:32.53215
811Sergio PerezForce India Mercedes1:33.4641:32.9311:32.75813
955Carlos SainzRENAULT1:33.3151:32.9701:32.81918
108Romain GrosjeanHAAS FERRARI1:33.2381:32.5241:32.85519
1120Kevin MagnussenHAAS FERRARI1:33.3591:32.98613
1231Esteban OconForce India Mercedes1:33.5851:33.0579
1314Fernando AlonsoMCLAREN RENAULT1:33.4281:33.23211
142Stoffel VandoorneMCLAREN RENAULT1:33.8241:33.50511
1528Brendon HartleySCUDERIA Toro Rosso HONDA1:34.0131:33.79515
1635Sergey SirotkinWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:34.0627
1710Pierre GaslySCUDERIA Toro Rosso HONDA1:34.1019
1818Lance StrollWILLIAMS MERCEDES1:34.2857
1916Charles LeclercSAUBER FERRARI1:34.4549
209Marcus EricssonSAUBER FERRARI1:34.9149

Q1 107% time - 1:38.622

Note - Ericsson penalised five grid places for ignoring yellow flags in qualifying.

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