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Saturday, April 16, 2011

China: Qualifying

Sebastian Vettel put himself in prime position to make it three for three in 2011 by taking a stunning pole in China.

Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton start second and third in the McLarens, but Vettel was in a league of his own.

Nico Rosberg showed some pace in the Mercedes, qualifying ahead of the Ferraris. No doubt Maranello is looking forward to some major updates upon the return to Europe.

There were some surprises in the top ten, including both the Toro Rossos and Force India's Paul di Resta.

Among the disappointed: KERS-less Mark Webber failed to get out of Q1; and Vitaly Petrov, who put the Renault into Q3, was unable to participate when his car came to a stop and the end of Q2.

  1. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) Red Bull 1:33.706

  2. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:34.421

  3. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:34.463

  4. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes 1:34.670

  5. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:35.119

  6. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:35.145

  7. Jaime Alguersuari (Spain) Toro Rosso 1:36.158

  8. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India 1:36.190

  9. Sebastien Buemi (Switzerland) Toro Rosso 1:36.203

  10. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Renault No 3Q time

  11. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Force India 1:35.874

  12. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber 1:36.053

  13. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber 1:36.236

  14. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes 1:36.457

  15. Rubens Barrichello (Brazil) Williams 1:36.465

  16. Nick Heidfeld (Germany) Renault 1:36.611

  17. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams 1:36.956

  18. Mark Webber (Australia) Red Bull 1:36.468

  19. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Lotus 1:37.894

  20. Jarno Trulli (Italy) Lotus 1:38.318

  21. Jerome d'Ambrosio (Belgium) Virgin 1:39.119

  22. Timo Glock (Germany) Virgin 1:39.708

  23. Vitantonio Liuzzi (Italy) HRT 1:40.212

  24. Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT 1:40.445

FIA post-qualifying press conference

Qualifying - selected team and driver quotes

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