Chinese GP

Hamilton takes dominant pole for Mercedes

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Reigning Formula 1 world champion Lewis Hamilton claiming a comfortable pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Hamilton beat his Mercedes F1 team-mate Nico Rosberg to the top spot by just 0.042 of a second around the Shanghai International Circuit in China.

Sebastian Vettel will start on the second row in third place for Ferrari following a lap of 1m 36.687s, with Felipe Massa fourth in the provisional qualifying results. The second Williams speedy Valtteri Bottas qualified fifth ahead of Kimi Raikkonen’s Ferrari in sixth.

The Australian Daniel Ricciardo was seventh fastest for Red Bull and Lotus speedy Romain Grosjean managed eighth fastest lap-time.

Sauber duo Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson meanwhile were split by less than one tenth of a second in what became a fight for ninth. It was the first time the both Sauber cars in Q3 since a full season.

Pastor Maldonado of Lotus in P11, Daniil Kvyat of Red Bull in 12th, the Toro Rossos of Max Verstapoen and Carlos Sainz in 13th and 14th and the Force India of Sergio Perez in 15th.

Nico Hulkenberg manage 16th fastest, Also again McLaren miss the cut by two tenths of a second – Jenson Button again ahead of Fernando Alonso. That is the third straight race where they will start 17th and 18th, along with the Manors of Will Stevens and Roberto Merhi.

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