Lewis Hamilton set quickest lap ahead of Sebastian Vettel, Valtteri Bottas and Kimi Raikkonen to take pole position for Chinese Grand Prix 2017 at Shanghai.
Quick reaction from the top three qualifiers for Chinese Grand Prix:
Lewis Hamilton: “An interesting weekend so far.Today was a real challenge. We had to compile a lot of yesterday’s testing into this morning and hope we’d found the right balance. The Ferraris have looked so fast. We knew it was going to be close and we had to pull out all the stops. I manage to chip away at it. The lap started off not as good as Q1 but it got better and better. I’m very very happy, super grateful to the effort the team has put in. It’s more exciting than ever for me because we are really fighting these guys. That’s what racing is all about and it pushes you on.
“Tomorrow is going to be an unusual day. I haven’t driven a wet tyre this season so that’s going to be fun. Ferrari have a very very strong car and can step up in race pace so it will be interesting to see what tomorrow brings. It will be close between us that’s for sure.”
Sebastian Vettel: “We will see tomorrow how important being on front row is. if we could have been a bit quicker it would have been even nicer. Maybe I chickened on the brakes slightly on the last lap. It was very close to Valtteri so thankfully we got enough margin to get on the front row. Our car is strong no matter what. I think we can still improve. The conditions will be quite different.”
Valtteri Bottas: “It is a real shame Seb managed to get between us but the race is tomorrow. We are starting first and third and that’s a good place to start, The weather can be anything tomorrow. Lewis was strong, Ferrari was strong and we’re expecting a tight race. Let’s see what tomorrow brings.