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Hamilton claims his 34th pole position
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Hamilton claims his 34th pole position

Lewis Hamilton claimed his third pole position of the 2014 season – the 34th of his career and the fourth in a row for Mercedes – in a wet Chinese Grand Prix qualifying at Shanghai. Briton edged out Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo by 0.595, who set the fastest lap time in FP3 early this morning. Australian finished in front of his team mate Sebastian Vettel.

A spin at the last corner prevented a better result for Nico Rosberg, who eventually ended fourth. Ferraris’ Fernando Alonso was fifth, followed by the two Williams of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas. Mercedes-powered Sahara Force India of Nico Hulkenberg qualified eight, while Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso) and Romain Grosjean (Lotus) rounded out the top 10.

Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari) got caught up in traffic and failed to make the cut to Q3 by just 13 thousandths of a second. The Finn will start eleventh ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button. Briton complained a lack of front tyre temperature. Another good result for Daniil Kvyat, who finished 13th for Toro Rosso. An engine problem occured in the morning practice stopped the Lotus-Renault of Pastor Maldonado, who was unable to complete one lap.


Chinese Grand Prix, 19th April 2014 - Qualifying

1Lewis HamiltonMercedes F1 W051:55.5161:54.0291:53.86021
2Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-Renault RB101:56.6411:55.3021:54.45523
3Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault RB101:55.9261:54.4991:54.96023
4Nico RosbergMercedes F1 W051:56.0581:55.2941:55.14322
5Fernando AlonsoFerrari F14 T1:56.9611:55.7651:55.63721
6Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes FW361:56.8501:56.7571:56.14724
7Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes FW361:56.5011:56.2531:56.28224
8Nico HulkenbergSahara Force India-Mercedes VJM071:55.9131:56.8471:56.36623
9Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Renault STR91:57.4771:56.5841:56.77323
10Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault E221:58.4111:56.4071:57.07922
11Kimi RäikkönenFerrari F14 T1:58.2791:56.860-17
12Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes MP4-291:57.7831:56.963-17
13Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Renault STR91:57.2611:57.289-18
14Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari C331:58.1381:57.393-17
15Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes MP4-291:57.3691:57.675-17
16Sergio PerezSahara Force India-Mercedes VJM071:58.3621:58.264-17
17Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari C331:58.988--10
18Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault CT051:59.260--10
19Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari MR031:59.326--10
20Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault CT052:00.646--10
21Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari MR032:00.865--10
DNQPastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault E22no time--0

Chinese Grand Prix, 19th April 2014 - Free Practice 3

1Daniel RicciardoRed Bull-Renault RB101:53.9580.0005
2Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes FW361:54.4920.5345
3Romain GrosjeanLotus-Renault E221:54.5140.5564
4Nico HulkenbergSahara Force India-Mercedes VJM071:55.0321.0746
5Kimi RäikkönenFerrari F14 T1:55.0621.1044
6Pastor MaldonadoLotus-Renault E221:55.2281.27012
7Daniil KvyatToro Rosso-Renault STR91:55.2351.2777
8Valtteri BottasWilliams-Mercedes FW361:55.3811.4235
9Jenson ButtonMcLaren-Mercedes MP4-291:55.6731.7154
10Sergio PerezSahara Force India-Mercedes VJM071:56.0192.0616
11Sebastian VettelRed Bull-Renault RB101:56.2332.2758
12Jean-Eric VergneToro Rosso-Renault STR91:56.3802.4229
13Adrian SutilSauber-Ferrari C331:56.7602.8028
14Max ChiltonMarussia-Ferrari MR031:56.8412.88313
15Esteban GutierrezSauber-Ferrari C331:57.4683.5109
16Kamui KobayashiCaterham-Renault CT051:57.8123.85412
17Jules BianchiMarussia-Ferrari MR031:57.9764.01814
18Marcus EricssonCaterham-Renault CT051:59.5075.5496
19Nico RosbergMercedes F1 W05no time-4
20Kevin MagnussenMcLaren-Mercedes MP4-29no time-3
21Fernando AlonsoFerrari F14 Tno time-1
22Lewis HamiltonMercedes F1W05no time-3
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