Published: Sun, April 14, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Valtteri Bottas on pole for Chinese GP after pipping Lewis Hamilton

Valtteri Bottas on pole for Chinese GP after pipping Lewis Hamilton

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was 0.392 seconds behind followed by Charles Leclerc of Ferrari and Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes.

Controversially, the two Red Bull drivers failed to set a second attempt in the final session of qualifying after being backed up by the Mercedes, Ferraris and Renaults ahead of them on the track.

"I'm quite proud of job I've done considering how far I was off. Valtteri has been quick all weekend".

"I was obviously pushing, trying to find the limits, but it should have been in qualifying, not FP3 (third practice)", he said.

Ferrari team boss Mattia Binotto has said that Vettel will have priority in "50-50 situations" but has said the two will be allowed to race.

He was urged to hurry up by his engineer, but it was too late.

Haag's Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean completed the top 10 qualifiers.

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McLaren did not enjoy a good session with Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris out in Q2 in 14 and 15.

"Everyone in front of me is starting with the same byres so we'll see what happens in the race".

In this photo provided by Cheung Yuk Ling, Toro Rosso driver Alexander Albon of Thailand crashes his auto during the third practice session for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, China, Saturday, April 13, 2019.

"Looking on the bright side, we had a good FP2 and our race pace looks strong so I'm optimistic about tomorrow's race". We had a good chance of being in Q3. "It was a bit tricky today to put the laps together".

Albon lost control at the final corner, smashing his vehicle into the wall in front of the main grandstand Bit disappointing: Hamilton has qualified on pole position six times in China. It was eight tenths at one stage so to be as close as we are at the end is fantastic.

"Right from Q1 they seemed to start off from a better place", Vettel said. I love driving, I love the sensation of the speed, I love fighting with these guys so there's a lot of things I really like and would miss so that's why it's not an option to quit tomorrow. "We had a good session". It is always a combination of power and drag, so we need to leave no stone unturned on the chassis and the power unit to recover a little bit.

"I had been playing around with that AstroTurf at the last corner for a while now because it's a bit quicker using that extra bit of track. This was a good day and hopefully [Sunday] will be again, but it's a long season ahead".

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