Hamilton beats Vettel for pole

By on Saturday, April 8, 2017

Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton will start the the Chinese Grand Prix from pole position after setting the fastest lap ever turned at the Shanghai International Circuit in Qualifying. His lap of 1:31.678 was .186 of a second better than runner-up Sebastian Vettel. It was Hamilton’s 63rd career Formula One pole and his sixth straight, dating back to last year’s United States Grand Prix. Ayrton Senna is the only other Formula One driver to have earned six consecutive poles.

The previous best time was Michael Schumacher’s 1:32.238, set during the 2004 Chinese Grand Prix, which was quicker than the pole qualifying record earned that same year by Schumacher’s Scuderia Ferrari teammate, Rubens Barrichello, who ran a 1:34.012. Hamilton’s pole-winning lap was also 3.724 seconds faster than last year’s pole-winning time, a 1:35.402 set by former Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

Qualifying results:

1.  L. Hamilton Mercedes           01:33.333           01:32.406           01:31.678  
2.  S. Vettel Ferrari 01:33.078           01:32.391           01:31.864  
3.  V. Bottas Mercedes 01:33.684           01:32.552           01:31.865  
4.  K. Raikkonen Ferrari 01:33.341           01:32.181           01:32.140  
5.  D. Ricciardo Red Bull 01:34.041           01:33.546           01:33.033  
6.  F. Massa Williams 01:34.205           01:33.759           01:33.507  
7.  N. Hulkenberg           Renault 01:34.453           01:33.636           01:33.580  
8.  S. Perez Force India 01:34.657           01:33.920           01:33.706  
9.  D. Kvyat Toro Rosso 01:34.440           01:34.034           01:33.719  
10.  L. Stroll Williams 01:33.986           01:34.090           01:34.220  
 
11.  C. Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso 01:34.567           01:34.150    
12.  K. Magnussen Haas 01:34.942           01:34.164    
13.  F. Alonso McLaren 01:34.499           01:34.372    
14.  M. Ericsson Sauber 01:34.892           01:35.046    
15.  A. Giovinazzi Sauber 01:34.963      
 
16.  S. Vandoorne McLaren 01:35.023      
17.  R. Grosjean Haas 01:35.223      
18.  J. Palmer Renault 01:35.279      
19.  M. Verstappen Red Bull 01:35.433      
20.  E. Ocon Force India 01:35.496

 


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