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.
|5.||D. Ricciardo||Red Bull||01:34.041||01:33.546||01:33.033|
|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|
|11.||C. Sainz Jr.||Toro Rosso||01:34.567||01:34.150|
|19.||M. Verstappen||Red Bull||01:35.433|
|20.||E. Ocon||Force India||01:35.496|