F1: Lewis Hamilton Takes the Pole for Chinese Grand Prix
Saturday, Lewis Hamilton drove through the mist of Shanghai to claim Pole position for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix.
MercedesAMGs’ Lewis Hamilton logged a qualifying lap time of 1:31.678 to take the Pole position for the F 1 Chinese Grand Prix Sunday.
It’s the 6th straight Pole position for Mr. Hamilton, who after the race said that Ferrari put up a tough fight.
“The Ferrari looked so fast and we knew it was going to be close, and we knew we had to pull out all the stops and I managed to do a very, very perfect lap,” Mr. Hamilton said.
The qualifying sectors saw a tight battle between MercedesAMG and Ferrari, as Sebastian Vettel came in just 1/10th of a sec behind of Mr. Hamilton, and 1/1000th of a sec behind Hamilton’s MercedesAMG teammate Valteri Bottas.
Mr. Vettel appeared pleased with his performance in the post-qualifying press conference.
“I was very happy with the lap I had. Last corner I lost a little bit, maybe chickened on to the brakes a bit too soon. But we just had enough margin to make it on to the front row,” he said.
In4 th was Mr. Vettel’s Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen, with a qualifying time of 1:32.140.
Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo clocked a fastest lap of 1:33.033; which was 1.355 off the pace to put him in 5th. Rounding out the last row will be Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, who clocked a best lap of 1:35.433.