Vettel takes pole in Shanghai (2)

15:41, April 17, 2011      

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Red Bull Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany gestures after the qualifying session of the Chinese F1 Grand Prix at Shanghai International circuit in Shanghai, east China, April 16, 2011. (Xinhua/Fan Jun)

McLaren chosed a single-run strategy for Hamilton in Q3 to enable the Briton to have a fresh set of tyres for the race.

"Of course, that was a compromise, but it means I'll have a fresh set of tyres for one of the stints tomorrow. And last week's race in Malaysia showed us how important it is to have fresh tyres for the race. Today's strategy should increase my chances in the race. It's always good to have a fresh set of tyres in the bag, and I wanted to make sure I had options to cover everything," said Hamilton.

The whole qualifying session was raced in overcast conditions but the rain did not fall. Although team manager Ross Brown anticipated that the rain would bring more opportunities for Mercedes GP to succeed, German driver Nico Rosberg did a quite good job by holding onto the fourth spot in the dry conditions.

Former world champion Fernando Alonso finished fifth, ahead of his Farrari teammate Felipe Massa.

Jaime Alguersuari of Toro Rosso will start seventh on the grid as the Spaniard edged Paul di Resta from Force India. Alguersuari's teammate Sebastien Buemi took the ninth.

The Q2 was red-flagged after Renault driver Vitaly Pertrov's car suffered power failures and stopped on the circuit. The Russian still managed to enter the Q3 but did not return to the track again and will start tenth on Sunday.

"I am very disappointed with what happened after having just completed a very fast lap which put me in fourth position at the end of Q2. The car lost power so I stopped on the side of the track. The track was getting quicker and my times were up from the morning. Things were going well,"said Pertrov.

"Because of the power failure. I could not move off the track and so that was the end of my qualifying. The positive thing is the car was looking fast and I hope I can make up some ground tomorrow from P10 on the grid."

It was not a lucky day for Renault, who both witnessed podium finishes in the previous two races, as Pertrov's teammate Nick Heidfeld was eiliminated because he could not dash for a considerable laptime in the busy track after Q2 resumed.

"It's quite frustrating to be starting from P16 because I don't think it is a reflection of our pace," said Heidfeld. "The (red) flag made the last few minutes on Q2 very busy. I managed to do one last lap butI was stuck in the traffic and I couldn't get a clean lap."

Seven times world champ Michael Schumacher still failed to stage a convincing performance, only earning a 14th start after dropping out in Q2.


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