Vettel beats Raikkonen to pole in Ferrari 1-2

However, neither Mercedes nor Ferrari reacted to the safety auto with their second drivers, leaving Lewis Hamiton, who was running third, and Kimi Raikkonen - fifth after the safety vehicle pitted - to struggle to the end on used rubber.

"Ferrari have definitely improved over the weekend - maybe they didn't quite show their true pace yesterday - but today they were rapid".

Vettel said: "I didn't see him until late and left a bit of room".

"Maybe we didn't get the tyres absolutely flawless for the lap but I don't think it would have been enough for us to beat the Ferraris", he said.

"The vehicle was really wonderful, it just kept getting better", he added.

"That was just bad", said former F1 champion Nico Rosberg of the incident.

Reflecting on the performance, Hamilton admitted it was a case of underperforming on his side of the Mercedes garage, and that a solution needs to be found quickly if he's going to fight for a fifth title.


The gap is likely to add to consternation in the Mercedes camp that has been building since Vettel took the first two races of the season in Australia and Bahrain.

"It's not going to be easy to beat Kimi and Sebastian tomorrow, they're the quickest on the straights too, so overtaking will be tough".

"No, if we would swing like this and say this is the end of the era, it would be not the right mindset". But again this can happen to you also if you've done 300 races. Actually, I started to appreciate the hard days so much more because they make us progress and understand our auto better and the team has gone from strength to strength by learning from these days.

It was a phenomenal effort from the Red Bull team to get Daniel Ricciardo out for qualifying after an engine failure in the final free practice session.

"Obviously that was really close. I don't know if we can challenge, we were half-a-second behind today". He has won five times in China, including a year ago, and has taken pole six times on the Chinese circuit. "I think a two-stop would be more aggressive, and aggressive is always more fun so that would be the plan A for now". "It is a track where you just need to get in and find that sweet spot". They should be able to respond with a good result considering they've had three double top-five finishes in the last four races here, but the pressure is undoubtedly on after such a shaky start to the season.

The rest of the top ten sees Hulkenberg in the Renault in seventh, the Force India of Perez in eighth, the second Renault driven by Sainz in ninth and Romain Grosjean for Haas in 10th.

Related News:



Most liked

Vladimir Putin condemns US-led airstrikes on Syria
No military measures were immediately announced, but in a clear warning to the US and its allies, Col. But the next morning, Trump tweeted that he "never said when an attack on Syria would take place".

Trump warns of strike against Syria after reports of chemical attack
Although Mattis noted the risks of military action, he emphasized that Syria's use of chemical weapons should not be tolerated. The Syrian government and Russian Federation , which backs it, strongly oppose the claims, which they say are fabricated.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad elections mark end of Pravin Togadia's era
All this did not sit well with the RSS. "The way he (Togadia) was targeting the Prime Minister had become unbearable". The former Himachal Pradesh governor is considered to be very close to both the VHP as well as the RSS.

Daniel Ricciardo charges to Chinese Grand Prix win
But Valtteri Bottas executed the flawless undercut to take the lead while his team-mate Lewis Hamilton struggled for pace. Bottas came under pressure from compatriot Raikkonen during the closing stages but held on to take the runner-up spot.

Nina Simone, Bon Jovi to be inducted into Roll Hall of Fame
Rock Hall board chairman Chris Connor also spoke about the renovations and thanked the NY board for its support. Bon Jovi claims that he is going to the festivities with big plans for the band.

Jordan Ayew supplies cutting edge to give Swansea City some breathing space
Everton grew into the game after the half hour mark but could still consider themselves very fortunate to lead in the 43rd minute. Jordan Ayew boosted Swansea's fight for English Premier League survival by grabbing a 1-1 draw against Everton on Saturday.

Iran's Khamenei slams 'criminals' Trump, Macron, May
Zarrab has pleaded guilty and testified against Atilla for several days as the United States government's star witness. Khamenei has harshly responded to the Syrian operation of the West Coalition, APA reports.

Shire plc (SHPG), Zions Bancorporation (ZION) — Hot Trending Stocks
After $3.98 actual EPS reported by Shire plc for the previous quarter, Wall Street now forecasts -10.05 % negative EPS growth. When beta is less/more than 1, it can be read that the stock is theoretically less/more volatile than the market.

High School 'Fight Club' Shut Down & Substitute Teacher Arrested
Levesque said on Friday that the school system's lawyer advised against handing over the data without being served with a warrant. The videos also showed what appeared to be one of the students throwing up in a garbage can. "Let the people who pay have a say".

GlaxoSmithKline plc (GSK) Analysts See $0.71 EPS on April, 25
BNP Paribas upgraded GlaxoSmithKline from a "neutral" rating to an "outperform" rating in a research note on Wednesday, April 4th. Total analysts of 6 have positions in GlaxoSmithKline (NYSE:GSK) as follows: 4 rated it a "Buy", 0 with "Sell" and 2 with "Hold".

Mets catcher Kevin Plawecki diagnosed with broken hand
The Mets, however, said a follow-up MRI at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NY on Thursday revealed the fracture. Now, they'll be without Plawecki for perhaps a month's time, while d'Arnaud will be lost for the whole season.

Damascus defiant after US-led strikes on Syrian government installations
The ambassador reiterated that it wasn't an empty threat because when Trump draws a red line , he enforces that red line. Russian Federation continues to defend Syria even in the face of evidence of prohibited chemical weapons use.

OH teen trapped in van dies despite pleas to 911
Tuesday after becoming stuck inside his van outside Seven Hills School in Cincinnati , local television station WCPO reported . Police said a friend called the boy's parents that evening saying he hadn't shown up as planned for a tennis match.

Man arrested in connection with death of woman in Kilmarnock
Moreover, she does all of this against all odds due to the nature of my profession, which is very time consuming. Your day is so special that we celebrate it on various days in nearly every country in the world.

Pence: NAFTA deal could be reached in several weeks
He also said the United State will mount a "sustained effort" against the regime if the attacks continue, echoing what U.S. Bush's May 2003 "Mission Accomplished" speech, declaring success in Iraq shortly after the US -led invasion.