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Vettel on Chinese GP pole

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.

Full report and times to follow....


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Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull RB5, Chinese F1 Grand Prix, Shanghai, 17th-19th, April 2009
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27.11.2016 - Race, 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
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27.11.2016 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
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27.11.2016 - Race,Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H  leads Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Felipe Nasr (BRA) Sauber C34 and Max Verstappen (NED) Red Bull Racing RB12
27.11.2016 - Race, Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull Racing RB12 leads Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 2nd place Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid and Champion 2016, Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes AMG F1 W07 Hybrid race winner and 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H
27.11.2016 - Race, 3rd place Sebastian Vettel (GER) Scuderia Ferrari SF16-H

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rich ard

April 18, 2009 1:21 PM

kimco. and dont forget that there is a minimum lap time for those returning to the pits. if this had not been reached, then the two would have been penalised. so therefore it would appear that kovi was sent out in the wrong "space".

rich ard

April 18, 2009 11:38 AM

hannah, welcome back. i too was off on holidays so i am just back also. your comments on buemi are merited. most posters were knocking him, but some of us recognised talent. he is showing bourdais the way,and unless seb picks up his pace, he wont last long. incidentally, buemi was the only one on hard tyres, so his performance is even more worthy. the rbrs and strs, cannot fit trick diffusers at present so their performance is cming from elsewhere, maybe their trick suspension? and did you hear the joy in vettels voice on winning pole position?



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