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Vettel claims pole for Chinese GP

Sebastian Vettel produced a last lap flier to claim his third pole in four races to open the 2010 F1 campaign.
Sebastian Vettel will head a Red Bull Racing front row on the grid for the Chinese Grand Prix after pulling out a stunning last gasp lap to deny team-mate Mark Webber.

The German claimed his third pole position in four races after returning to the top of the times after each of his main rivals had crossed the line. The man he had to beat, however, was Webber, who had already seen off the threat of McLaren and Mercedes by the narrowest of margins, but the contest proved unequal as Vettel went a couple of tenths quicker than the Australian.

While Red Bull's performance emphasised the team's insistence that it had not benefited from trick ride height systems in the opening three rounds, the rest of the field continued to play catch-up, with Ferrari's Fernando Alonso coming closest, beating Mercedes' Nico Rosberg to the inside of row two. Jenson Button was the best of the McLarens, edging a troubled Lewis Hamilton for fifth.

Full report and results to follow....



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F1 Novice

April 17, 2010 10:25 AM
Last Edited 2429 days ago

SO....... is that Hamilton 1 Button 3 in qualifying and Button leading Hamilton in the World Championship, after changing team, going to a team built around someone else, venturing into the Lion's Den then ?..... Not bad for a "Mediocre" driver some would have had us believe. Yes early days I know but the "experts" said it would take the first 6 or so races just for Button to begin to get on level par with Hamilton - and Button was ahead of him after 2 !- nice :) (Credit to Button but McLaren & Whitmarsh as well for their input into this - they have certainly been true to the their word re: Driver/Car equality). :)

blzbub

April 17, 2010 8:28 AM

vettel proves the main man again, the start should be tasty if webber feels any pressure and tries a chop on alonso, mclaren need it to stay dry but hamilton and button in a straight race against each other tommorow.



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