Lewis Hamilton grabs his first pole position as Mercedes AMG driver and will start in the Chinese Grand Prix from the best spot on the grid.
Kimi Räikkönen missed out on pole by 277 thousands of a second and will start alongside Hamilton from front row. Fernando Alonso and Nico Rosberg will line up on the second row, Felipe Massa and Romain Grosjean row 3 and a brilliant Daniel Ricciardo opens row 4 with Jenson Button alongside. Sebastian Vettel – on medium compound tyres -will start from P9 after fading braking system pressure forced him to abandon his final attempt. Not even posting a time in Q3 was Nico Hülkenberg, who will join the reigning world champion in row 5.
Mark Webber didn’t even get to Q3 after fuel pressure problems forced him to park his Red Bull trackside in Q2 due to fuel pressure problems. Sergio Perez and both Force Indias also dropped out of the running in Q2.
Valtteri Bottas and Esteban Gutierrez were eliminated already in Q1 along with both Marussia and both Caterham drivers.