Sebastian Vettel took pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix with a flying lap in the final seconds of qualifying at Shanghai International, making the most of his one and only assault on top spot.

As he had in Q2, the German sat out all bar the final moments of the ten-minute shoot-out, but took the track and produced the goods with a lap of 1min 36.184secs that proved good enough to topple Red Bull Racing team-mate Mark Webber from provisional pole, and then survive later laps from Rubens Barrichello and Fernando Alonso, as Renault engines swept the top three.

Barrichello eventually had to settle for fourth, one spot ahead of Brawn GP team-mate Jenson Button, the winner of the previous two pole positions this season unable to match the Red Bulls, but maybe a little heavier on fuel.

Jarno Trulli took sixth for a Toyota team apparently certain it wasn't going to challenge for pole, with Nico Rosberg, Kimi Raikkonen, Lewis Hamilton and surprise package Sebastien Buemi completing the top ten.

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