Vettel claims pole for Chinese GP

Sebastian Vettel will head a Red Bull Racing front row on the grid for the Chinese GP after pulling out a stunning last gasp lap to deny team-mate Mark Webber.

The German claimed his third pole position in four races after returning to the top of the times after each of his main rivals had crossed the line. The man he had to beat, however, was Webber, who had already seen off the threat of McLaren and Mercedes by the narrowest of margins, but the contest proved unequal as Vettel went a couple of tenths quicker than the Australian.

While Red Bull’s performance emphasised the team’s insistence that it had not benefited from trick ride height systems in the opening three rounds, the rest of the field continued to play catch-up, with Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso coming closest, beating Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg to the inside of row two. Jenson Button was the best of the McLarens, edging a troubled Lewis Hamilton for fifth.

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Post #12 reply – But Hamilton didn’t win Last year with the refuelling or in 2007 either… The best drivers adapt to the current rules…

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He did win last year, twice. This car is better for him. Under last years rules he would drive lighter and have more tire at the end of each stint.

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I’m talking about the championship! My point is, under the current rules Button is the better driver. Refuelling is banned. If Hamilton is better with a lighter car how come Button out qualified Hamilton on 3 out of 4 occasions this year?

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