New lap record as Vettel takes pole at Chinese GP

The simplified front suspension on the Ferrari is definitely to Kimi's liking, and his performances are forcing Vettel to pull out some spectacular laps.

And Ricciardo made full use of his extra grip, making sensational overtakes on Lewis Hamilton, Vettel and race leader Valtteri Bottas to move to the front, after Verstappen gave up fourth place to the Australian in a scrape with the defending champion. He enthused about his Ferrari vehicle over the team radio, calling it "great qualifying, great car".

Since Hamilton took pole position for the season-opener in Australia, Ferrari have held a clear single-lap pace advantage over the world champions. It's really. we have something to think about.

Lewis Hamilton admits his side of the Mercedes Formula 1 garage is now underperforming based on what he called a "disaster" of a Chinese Grand Prix. "He squeezed him a little too much in my opinion".

When asked whether Verstappen should be given more benefit of the doubt because if his age, Vettel said: "He's not young anymore". "We can see it, especially in very long corners".

"But then he did a mistake and locked up, which happens as we had a tailwind down that straight". So Raikkonen, Vettel, Hamilton and Bottas will start Sunday's race on the softs, with the rest of the top 10 on ultrasofts. I'll say my side, but also us as a team, we've been underperforming.

"The vehicle was really unbelievable, it just kept getting better".

Bottas beat Hamilton with the top three of Vettel-Raikkonen-Bottas a repeat of the outcome in Bahrain qualifying a week ago. The Finn then went quicker on his final lap but Vettel proved to have something more when it counted, putting in an exemplary lap of 1.31.095, eight-hundredths up on his team-mate and a new track record.

Dominant isn't a word that has been used to describe Ferrari since they chalked up five straight drivers' titles and six consecutive constructors' crowns with Michael Schumacher, but they were imperious on Saturday.

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"The first races have been a bit different", Vettel said. They are two extremes like we had in Bahrain and I think this is what happened.

The Shanghai International Circuit is expected to be a lot warmer today than yesterday's windy and cold conditions.

"It should be hotter tomorrow, which could turn everything on its head".

Hamilton is being hopeful.

After two tight races between Mercedes and Ferrari so far this year, we could be set for a three-way battle in Shanghai.

The third row will be made up of the two Red Bull cars, showing the dominance over the last several seasons of Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen was fourth.

"Looking back, in Mexico a year ago it did work out, this time maybe we didn't give each other enough space".

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