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Hamilton eases to first pole for Mercedes at Chinese Grand Prix
Saturday 13th April 2013, 08:11 by TF1T Staff
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Lewis Hamilton will start the Chinese Grand Prix in pole position for Mercedes, his first pole with his new team since leaving McLaren for the 2013 season.
The Brit posted a 1:34.484 to easily take the top spot ahead of Kimi Raikkonen in second. The Finn was just under three tenths slower than Hamilton.
Fernando Alonso will start third ahead of the second Mercedes of Nico Rosberg, who split the Ferraris with Felipe Massa sixth.
Daniel Ricciardo was the surprise package of the session as he managed to not only progress through to Q3, but he will start seventh, albeit helped by the strategic calls from Jenson Button, Sebastian Vettel and Nico Hulkenberg - all of which opted not to set a timed lap so they can start the race on the harder compound.
Force India had a disappointing day after showing some promise during the previous races and practice sessions. Paul di Resta starts 11th whilst team-mate Adrian Sutil could only manage 13th.
Mark Webber qualified a lowly 14th thanks to a drop in fuel pressure which saw him pull off the circuit during the second shoot-out. He might not even start that high if the scrutineers can't extract the required one litre fuel sample.
Jules Bianchi once again spearheaded Marussia's campaign and put himself ahead of Max Chilton and the Caterhams.
Qualifying - 2013 Chinese Grand Prix
# Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 09 S. Vettel Red Bull 1:36.537 1:35.343 14 M. Webber Red Bull 1:36.148 1:36.679 08 J. Button McLaren 1:36.667 1:35.784 12 S. Perez McLaren 1:36.952 1:36.314 06 R. Grosjean Lotus 1:36.929 1:36.065 1:35.364 04 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:33.959 1:35.537 1:34.861 03 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:36.253 1:35.148 1:34.788 02 K. Räikkönen Lotus 1:37.046 1:35.659 1:34.761 01 L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:35.793 1:35.078 1:34.484 10 N. Hulkenberg Sauber 1:36.985 1:36.261 05 F. Massa Ferrari 1:35.972 1:35.403 1:34.933 11 P. di Resta Force India 1:37.478 1:36.287 13 A. Sutil Force India 1:37.349 1:36.405 17 V. Bottas Williams 1:37.769 16 J-E. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:37.508 1:37.199 07 D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:36.993 1:36.258 1:35.998 15 P. Maldonado Williams 1:37.281 1:37.139 18 E. Gutierrez Sauber 1:37.990 19 J. Bianchi Marussia 1:38.780 20 M. Chilton Marussia 1:39.537 22 G. van der Garde Caterham 1:39.660 21 C. Pic Caterham 1:39.614 Q1 107% Time: 1:42.498
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