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Chinese Grand Prix Qualifying – Red Bull Lock Up Front Row

by F1Fan on April 17, 2010

Red Bull locked up the front row in qualifying at the Chinese Grand Prix today with Vettel on Pole and Webber along side.

During Q1 and Q2 it looked like Lewis Hamilton was going to claim pole position, setting fastest lap of the weekend during Q2 but it was not to be, In Q3 both Weber and Vettel showed the true pace of the Red Bull RB6 chassis, after changing tires and coming out right at the end of the session with just enough fuel on board to do one flying lap, first Webber claimed pole only to be bumped into second place by Sebastian Vettel seconds later. In the post qualifying press conference a delighted vettel had this to say about his performance in Q3:

“The most important thing today was to do a good job which I think we did to bring the cars to the front row. For myself, I am extremely happy as especially this morning I wasn’t happy with the car and I was struggling myself in a couple of corners and lost quite a lot compared to Mark. But into quali(fying) the mechanics worked flat out from the end of P3 to the start of the qualifying session and we just got the car ready and it turned out to work. I am very pleased with the result. As I said, I was struggling a bit to find the right balance in the beginning of the qualifying as the car was different and I had to adapt, but I think in Q3 I had two very good runs. The first run in the last corner I went a bit too wide and lost quite a bit but the second run I was able to reproduce the lap, even a bit quicker everywhere, so I am very happy with the lap I did.”

Chinese Grand Prix Grid Position

Grid PositionDriver/TeamGrid PositionDriver/Team
1Vettel/Red Bull Racing2Webber/Red Bull Racing
3Alonso/Ferrari4Rosberg/Mercedes GP
5Button/McLaren6Hamilton/McLaren
7Massa/Ferrari8Kubica/Renault
9Schumacher/Mercedes GP10Sutil/Force India
11Barrichello/Williams F112Alguersuari/Toro Rosso
13Buemi/Toro Rosso14Petrov/Renault F1
15Kobayashi/BMW Sauber F116Hulkenberg/Williams F1
17De La Rosa/BMW Sauber F118Liuzzi/Force India
19Glock/Virgin Racing20Trulli/Lotus Racing
21Kovalainen/Lotus Racing22Di Grassi/Virgin Racing
23Senna/HRT F1 Team24Chandhok/HRT F1 Team
April 17th, 2010
2010 F1 Season, Round 4

Fernando Alonso made up the third Position on the grid, with Rosberg in Fourth out performing his team Mate Michael Schumacher who could manage no better than 9th.

Rain is ia possibility for tomorrow, and Vettel believes that at least some part of the race is going to be wet:

Well, I think it will be raining tomorrow, it is just a question when really. Similar to the last two races. Bahrain was pretty straightforward, but we are not afraid of any rain. But for Sunday it looks quite bad if you look at the weather. It will rain, the question is will it be wet the whole race throughout or after the start at some point, so we will see but we have good memories to the wet conditions last year, both of us (Webber). If the rain comes it is best to start at the front, which we do, as you are the ones who see the best, so that is quite important. So no matter what, dry or wet, we should be well armed for tomorrow.

Whatever the weather the Chinese Grand Prix is shaping up to be another exciting race.

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