For the second straight Formula One race, Ferrari’s have secured a front row lockout. That’s the first time since 2006 that they’ve done that, as Michael Schumacher won the pole in USA and France while his teammate at the time started second. Those were also Schumacher’s last two poles of his career too.
This time, it’s Sebastian Vettel doing the trick.
Last weekend, Vettel put his No. 5 Ferrari on the pole in Bahrain. This weekend, he earned the top starting spot for Sunday’s Heineken Chinese Grand Prix (2 am ET/ESPN 2). It was his 52nd career F1 pole, four of which occurring in China. It was also Ferrari’s first China pole since 2004 too, the first year of the race.
Vettel, turned a lap of 1:31.095-seconds en route to the pole position.
His teammate Kimi Raikkonen will start second for the third straight race of the 2018 season. His No. 7 Ferrari circled the road course with a time of 1:31.182-seconds. He was also second in all three practice sessions this weekend as well.
Row 2 is an all Mercedes lockout with Valtteri Bottas (1:31.625-seconds) and Lewis Hamilton (1:31.675-seconds) starting third and fourth respectively. Bottas, was third quick in all three sessions this weekend in his No. 77 Mercedes, while Hamilton was quickest in the first two sessions but lost speed on Saturday as he was fifth in the third practice session.
Row 3 will be an all Red Bull row, with Max Verstappen being fifth in his No. 33 Renault (1:31.796-seconds) and his teammate Daniel Ricciardo sixth (1:31.948-seconds).
Heineken Chinese Grand Prix Starting Lineup
Row 1: Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen
Row 2: Valtteri Bottas, Lewis Hamilton
Row 3: Max Verstappen, Daniel Ricciardo
Row 4: Nico Hulkenberg, Sergio Perez
Row 5: Carlos Sainz, Romain Grosjean
Row 6: Kevin Magnussen, Esteban Ocon
Row 7: Fernando Alonso, Stoffel Vandoorne
Row 8: Brendon Hartley R, Sergey Siroktin R
Row 9: Pierre Gasly R, Lance Stroll
Row 10: Charles Leclerc R, Marcus Ericsson