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China GP 2010: Vettel Storms To Pole

Red Bull Racing once again dominated qualifying for the Grand Prix, as they took 1st and 2nd places on the grid for tomorrow’s Chinese round.

Sebastian Vettel pipped team mate Mark Webber to the top spot ahead of the fourth round of the season.

Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso will start 3rd, following a tough weekend.  His team mate Felipe Massa only managed 7th.  Their rivals McLaren got 5th and 6th with Jenson Button making a marginally quicker time than Lewis Hamilton.

Michael Schumacher had a tough day and will start 9th despite good pace in practice, the German was clearly disappointed.

“We’re struggling a little bit on that all weekend, and due to the fact that we can’t change set-ups between now and the race, it’s going to be difficult and I’m just going to have to live with it,” said Schumacher.

“Next race is a different story, so we have to analyse why this is the case and see what are the steps needed.

“Basically it’s mostly at the exit of slow corners. I just can’t get out of those all weekend long. We’re looking at all the data to try to understand that.”

Tonio Liuzzi was the big casualty going out in Q1, it looked like he would scrape through but Vitaly Petrov picked up his pace as he looks consistently more confident in the Renault.

The new teams occupy the bottom slots, Hispania performing the worst of the 3 new teams once again.

Pos  Driver         Team                  Q1        Q2        Q3
 1.  Vettel         Red Bull-Renault      1:36.317  1:35.280  1:34.558
 2.  Webber         Red Bull-Renault      1:35.978  1:35.100  1:34.806
 3.  Alonso         Ferrari               1:35.987  1:35.235  1:34.913
 4.  Rosberg        Mercedes              1:35.952  1:35.134  1:34.923
 5.  Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1:36.122  1:35.443  1:34.979
 6.  Hamilton       McLaren-Mercedes      1:35.641  1:34.928  1:35.034
 7.  Massa          Ferrari               1:36.076  1:35.290  1:35.180
 8.  Kubica         Renault               1:36.348  1:35.550  1:35.364
 9.  Schumacher     Mercedes              1:36.484  1:35.715  1:35.646
10.  Sutil          Force India-Mercedes  1:36.671  1:35.665  1:35.963
11.  Barrichello    Williams-Cosworth     1:36.664  1:35.748
12.  Alguersuari    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:36.618  1:36.047
13.  Buemi          Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1:36.793  1:36.149
14.  Petrov         Renault               1:37.031  1:36.311
15.  Kobayashi      Sauber-Ferrari        1:37.044  1:36.422
16.  Hulkenberg     Williams-Cosworth     1:37.049  1:36.647
17.  de la Rosa     Sauber-Ferrari        1:37.050  1:37.020
18.  Liuzzi         Force India-Mercedes  1:37.161
19.  Glock          Virgin-Cosworth       1:39.278
20.  Trulli         Lotus-Cosworth        1:39.399
21.  Kovalainen     Lotus-Cosworth        1:39.520
22.  di Grassi      Virgin-Cosworth       1:39.783
23.  Senna          HRT-Cosworth          1:40.469
24.  Chandhok       HRT-Cosworth          1:40.578
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