Raikkonen unsure why he lost pole to Vettel

Sebastian Vettel

Bottas was third on the grid, snatched second from compatriot Kimi Raikkonen at the start and then moved ahead of Sebastian Vettel, for the effective lead fo the race, after Mercedes pulled off a superb undercut at his first and only pit stop - the fastest of the race at just 2.15 seconds.

The German lapped the 5.4-km Shanghai circuit in one minute, 31.095 seconds a track record to pip his Finnish team mate by a mere 0.087 seconds and take his 52nd career pole.

Ricciardo, whose Bahrain Grand Prix lasted less than two laps last Sunday following an electrical shutdown on his vehicle, posted a lap just good enough to squeeze through to the next phase. You can even hear them when Kimi Raikkonen or Lewis Hamilton fly by.

But here, Hamilton struggled for pace, spinning during the morning practice session, before qualifying behind Bottas for the second time in as many races.

Force India's Esteban Ocon, McLaren's Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne, who tried and failed to successfully make a tow work for each other, and Toro Rosso's Brendon Hartley were the others to miss out on the pole position shootout.

"By the end of the day the pace was looking good and I think we can be happy with the car's performance". The vehicle was unbelievable and it just got better. An worldwide audience of opinion makers, business leaders, and global organizations recognizes Ebeling as an expert. As a result, world champion Lewis Hamilton will start a distant fourth after losing out to Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas. I think it's a tyre issue.

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"I could watch him fighting on the tyres and strove to brake right into the corner and then secured a bit and hit him and that has been of course my error", Verstappen told Sky Sports television. "I don't feel so", claimed Verstappen.

The Red Bull driver took fifth after being handed a 10-second penalty and, while measured in his response, Vettel was keen to remind Verstappen, 20, that he was no longer a rookie.

"It (the track) is in the top three of the easier ones to overtake. but the Ferraris are too fast on the straight so it will be interesting", he said. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull) +1,8537.

Renault duo of Niko Hulkenberg and Carlos Sainz also made the top 10.

The collision was the latest in a spate of incidents for Verstappen in the first three races of the 2018 F1 season.

Lance Stroll in P18 led the Sauber drivers, with Charles Leclerc, who nearly crashed his auto when he ran wide out of the last corner before his final lap, heading Marcus Ericsson by half a second. We were quicker in the last race (in Bahrain) but they (Ferrari) were able to hold on.

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