Lewis Hamilton took another step towards the world title by producing another sterling lap to claim his sixth pole position of the season ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Briton, who can clinch the crown this weekend, appeared destined for the second row as Ferrari posted the fastest times of anyone on their first run, but turned things around with an inch-perfect effort as the clock ticked down, producing a time that none of his rivals could match on their respective efforts.

Weekend pacesetter Kimi Raikkonen improved his time but had to settle for the outside of row one, while Felipe Massa's first flying effort remained good enough to keep Fernando Alonso at bay on row two.

David Coulthard produced his best lap of the weekend to claim 'best of the rest' honours for Red Bull Racing, which also boasted Mark Webber in seventh, the pair split by Ralf Schumacher as BMW Sauber failed to better eighth, with Nick Heidfeld, and ninth, ahead of Jenson Button.

The secrets of the order, however, remain to be discovered in the knowledge that the remains of a typhoon could pass over the Shanghai circuit on Sunday, maybe prompting some teams to opt for heavier fuel loads in the anticipation of wet conditions.

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