Hamilton secures pole position for Mercedes in China

By on Saturday, April 13, 2013

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Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for Mercedes in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Hamilton's time of 1:34.484 was three tenths of a second clear of Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen.

Fernando Alonso qualified third, ahead of Nico Rosberg and Felipe Massa.

Romain Grosjean will start in sixth, with Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo starring by qualifying in seventh.

Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel will start from eighth and ninth place. Both drivers opted to use the prime tyres in Q3, with Button completing a slow lap while Vettel ran wide and aborted his run.

Nico Hulkenberg made it into the top ten but did not set a time.

Paul di Resta will start from eleventh place, a row ahead of team mate Adrian Sutil. They were split by the McLaren of Sergio Perez. Mark Webber suffered from a fuel pressure problem in Q2 and set only the fourteenth fastest time having stopped on track.

Williams's struggles continue as Pastor Maldonado set the fifteenth fastest time, with Valtteri Bottas making a mistake at Turn 1 and failing to progress through to Q2. The Williams drivers were split by the Toro Rosso of Jean Eric Vergne.

Esteban Gutierrez will start from eighteenth place, ahead of the impressive Jules Bianchi in nineteenth. He was eight tenths of a second faster than team-mate Max Chilton, although the Brit completed only one run as a problem left him in the garage for the final moments of Q1.

For the second time in three races, Caterham locked out the back row of the grid. Charles Pic was 0.046s faster than team-mate Giedo van der Garde.

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