Disaster for Webber as Vettel takes pole

Vettel took pole by a comfortable margin

Vettel took pole by a comfortable margin

Qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix provided mixed emotions for Red Bull Racing, with Sebastian Vettel storming to yet another pole position after team-mate Mark Webber was eliminated in Q1.

The Australian will start tomorrow’s race from 18th on the grid, after he was forced to run without KERS and kept on the harder compound Pirelli tyre.

Jenson Button pipped his McLaren team-mate Lewis Hamilton in Q3 and will start second tomorrow, while Nico Rosberg and Fernando Alonso rounded out the top five.

The Q3 session ended in somewhat of an anti-climax, as Vettel’s first run in the final 10 minute period proved far too good for the best that the McLaren drivers could offer.

There was drama in Q2, after Renault’s Vitaly Petrov stopped on the circuit with a mechnical issue, bringing out the red flags with just two minutes remaining.

The restart saw a swarm of drivers scrambling for track position for their last runs, with Nico Rosberg emerging from the pack to steal a Q3 place.

Ironically, Petrov’s issue hurt team-mate Nick Heidfeld the most, with the German having only planned one-run in the session – which proved too slow in the congestion.

See below for the full result

1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m33.706s
2 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m34.421s 0.715
3 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m34.463s 0.757
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m34.670s 0.964
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m35.119s 1.413
6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m35.145s 1.439
7 Jaime Alguersuari Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m36.158s 2.452
8 Paul di Resta Force India-Merced 1m36.190s 2.484
9 Sebastien Buemi Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m36.203s 2.497
10 Vitaly Petrov Renault
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Merced 1m35.874s 1.388
12 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m36.053s 1.567
13 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m36.236s 1.750
14 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m36.457s 1.971
15 Rubens Barrichello Williams-Cosworth 1m36.465s 1.979
16 Nick Heidfeld Renault 1m36.611s 2.125
17 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Cosworth 1m36.956s 2.470
18 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m36.468s 1.196
19 Heikki Kovalainen Lotus-Renault 1m37.894s 2.622
20 Jarno Trulli Lotus-Renault 1m38.318s 3.046
21 Jerome D’Ambrosio Virgin-Cosworth 1m39.119s 3.847
22 Timo Glock Virgin-Cosworth 1m39.708s 4.436
23 Tonio Liuzzi HRT-Cosworth 1m40.212s 4.940
24 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m40.445s 5.173

See below for Speedcafe.com’s Chinese Grand Prix Race Guide

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