Scuderia Ferrari had its second consecutive front row lockout of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season, with Sebastian Vettel nipping teammate Kimi Raikkonen to take the pole for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix.
The Finnish driver had been on the pole for much of Q3, and even bettered his own time on his final run, clocking in a time of 1:31.182. However, only seconds later, Vettel eclipsed that time by less than one tenth of a second, turning a 1:31.095 on his final run to grab the pole, setting a new lap record around the Shanghai International Circuit in the process.
Sebastian Vettel has hailed the strength of Ferrari’s SF71H after pipping Kimi Raikkonen to pole position at the Chinese Grand Prix. In a carbon copy of Bahrain qualifying, Raikkonen found himself on provisional pole but Vettel produced the goods with his final Q3 lap to clinch top spot by 0.087 seconds: “I was happy with the whole lap,” – Sebastian Vettel said. “The car was really amazing, just kept getting better. I made a few mistakes on the opening lap. I was a bit beaten up by I knew that if I got a tidy lap and a little bit of margin then I could push. I don’t know if the others struggled to get the tyres to work but for us it was pretty straight forward. The feeling was good throughout the whole lap and that makes a big difference. This has been a Mercedes track for so long, so it was good to break their run and hopefully we can continue to do so tomorrow.” – Scuderia Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel concluded.