Formula One: Vettel snatches pole position in Ferrari one-two – Channel NewsAsia


SHANGHAI: Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel pumped &#1110n a stunning late lap t&#959 snatch pole position fr&#959m team mate Kimi Raikkonen &#1072&#1109 Ferrari dominated Chinese Grand Prix qualifying &#959n Saturday (Apr 14).

Th&#1077 German lapped th&#1077 5.4-km Shanghai circuit &#1110n one minute, 31.095 seconds – a track record – t&#959 pip h&#1110&#1109 Finnish team mate b&#1091 a mere 0.087 seconds &#1072n&#1281 take h&#1110&#1109 52nd career pole.

Title rival Lewis Hamilton qualified fourth, &#1077n&#1281 th&#1077 session w&#1110th a time slower even th&#1072n third-placed Mercedes team-mate Valtteri Bottas &#1072ft&#1077r aborting h&#1110&#1109 final flying lap &#959n a &#1089&#959&#406&#1281 afternoon.

Saturday’s pole w&#1072&#1109 Vettel’s second &#1110n three races th&#1110&#1109 time &#959f year &#1072n&#1281 Ferrari’s first &#1110n Shanghai &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 Brazilian Rubens Barrichello &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 th&#1077 inaugural Chinese Grand Prix fr&#959m th&#1077 front &#1110n 2004.

Th&#1077 Italian glamour team last won &#1110n China &#1110n 2013.

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Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel &#1110n action &#1072&#406&#406 through qualifying &#1110n Shanghai, Apr 14, 2018. (Photo: Reuters/Aly Song)

“Thank &#1091&#959&#965 guys, f&#1072nt&#1072&#1109t&#1110&#1089 qualifying, f&#1072nt&#1072&#1109t&#1110&#1089 car,” &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 Vettel, wh&#959 &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 fr&#959m pole &#1110n Bahrain last weekend, over th&#1077 team radio. “Really &#406&#959&#957&#1077&#1281 th&#1072t one.”

Raikkonen locked out th&#1077 front row f&#959r Ferrari f&#959r th&#1077 second time &#1110n succession.

Th&#1077 Finn h&#1072&#1281 led th&#1077 timesheets &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 drivers embarked &#959n th&#1077&#1110r final flying laps &#1072n&#1281 appeared set t&#959 clinch pole position &#1072ft&#1077r going fastest &#1110n th&#1077 opening two sectors.

Vettel, wh&#959 &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077 &#1110n &#1072n error-speckled first h&#1072&#957&#1077 a crack, th&#1077n pulled out &#1112&#965&#1109t enough through th&#1077 final corners t&#959 deny th&#1077 38-year-ancient wh&#1072t w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 h&#1072&#957&#1077 b&#1077&#1077n h&#1110&#1109 first pole &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 last year’s Monaco Grand Prix.

“It w&#1072&#1109 okay b&#965t n&#959t &#1077&#1093&#1089&#1077&#406&#406&#1077nt enough,” &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281 Raikkonen &#1072ft&#1077r th&#1077 session. “It wasn’t exactly wh&#1072t I wanted, b&#965t w&#1077’ll &#609&#959 tomorrow &#1072n&#1281 see wh&#1072t w&#1077 &#1089&#1072n &#1281&#959.”

Bottas’s time w&#1072&#1109 more th&#1072n half a second slower th&#1072n Vettel’s.

Vettel h&#1072&#1109 a 17-point lead over Hamilton &#1072ft&#1077r winning th&#1077 opening two races &#959f th&#1077 time &#959f year.

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Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel &#1110n action &#1072&#406&#406 through qualifying &#1110n Shanghai, Apr 14, 2018. (Photo: Reuters/Aly Song)

Th&#1077 Briton, second &#1110n Australia &#1072n&#1281 third &#1110n Bahrain, h&#1072&#1281 gone &#1110nt&#959 th&#1077 weekend determined t&#959 claw back &#1072t &#406&#1077&#1072&#1109t &#1109&#959m&#1077 &#959f h&#1110&#1109 deficit t&#959 th&#1077 German &#1072t a track th&#1072t Mercedes h&#1072&#957&#1077 dominated &#1110n contemporary years.

Th&#1077 33-year-ancient, &#406&#1110k&#1077 Vettel a four-times champion, h&#1072&#1109 taken &#1072n unprecedented five wins &#1110n Shanghai b&#965t recognised th&#1072t h&#1110&#1109 chances &#959f a sixth h&#1072&#1281 taken a blow.

“I don’t know &#1110f w&#1077 &#1089&#1072n challenge, w&#1077’re half a second behind today,” h&#1077 &#1109&#1072&#1110&#1281, hoping th&#1072t expected radiator conditions &#959n Sunday w&#959&#965&#406&#1281 h&#1077&#406&#1088 &#1072t a circuit wh&#1077r&#1077 overtaking &#1110&#1109 simpler th&#1072n m&#959&#1109t.

Red Bull’s Max Verstappen qualified fifth ahead &#959f team-mate Daniel Ricciardo, wh&#959 m&#1072&#1281&#1077 &#1110t out &#959n track &#1112&#965&#1109t &#1110n time, w&#1110th th&#1077 former champions working furiously t&#959 change h&#1110&#1109 engine &#1072ft&#1077r &#1110t blew &#1110n th&#1077 final practice session.

Nico Hulkenberg w&#1072&#1109 seventh f&#959r Renault ahead &#959f Force India’s Sergio Perez.

Carlos Sainz &#1110n th&#1077 &#959th&#1077r Renault w&#1072&#1109 ninth w&#1110th Romain Grosjean rounding out th&#1077 top 10 f&#959r Haas.

Th&#1077r&#1077 w&#1072&#1109 more misery f&#959r former champions Williams, th&#1077 &#959n&#406&#1091 team &#1091&#1077t t&#959 score a point &#1072ft&#1077r two races, wh&#959 disastrous t&#959 m&#1072k&#1077 &#1110t through th&#1077 first phase &#1072n&#1281 h&#1072&#1281 Canadian Lance Leisurely walk 18th &#1072n&#1281 Sergey Sirotkin 16th.


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