The gap in qualifying was fairly large between Ferrari and Mercedes at the 2018 F1 Chinese Grand Prix. Lewis Hamilton doesn’t seem to be his usual confident self so that is a clear indicator of how things went for team Mercedes. We’ve got the final qualifying times sorted for you.
F1 Chinese Grand Prix: Final qualifying times and classificationSebastian Vettel (Ger) Ferrari 1min 31.095secsKimi Raikkonen (Fin) Ferrari 1:31.182Valtteri Bottas (Fin) Mercedes GP 1:31.625Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1:31.675Max Verstappen (Ned) Red Bull 1:31.796Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Red Bull 1:31.948Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Renault 1:32.532Sergio Perez (Mex) Force India 1:32.758Carlos Sainz (Spa) Renault 1:32.819Romain Grosjean (Fra) Haas F1 1:32.855Kevin Magnussen (Den) Haas F1 1:32.986Esteban Ocon (Fra) Force India 1:33.057Fernando Alonso (Spa) McLaren 1:33.232Stoffel Vandoorne (Bel) McLaren 1:33.505Brendon Hartley (Nzl) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:33.79Sergey Sirotkin (Rus) Williams 1:34.062Pierre Gasly (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:34.101Lance Stroll (Can) Williams 1:34.285Charles Leclerc (Mon) Sauber-Ferrari 1:34.454Marcus Ericsson (Swe) Sauber-Ferrari 1:34.914How are things looking in terms of the race tomorrow?
The weather is forecast for warmer temperatures during race time and that looks like it could be a good thing for team Mercedes. McLaren will go in disappointed while Renault appears to have the fourth fastest car. Force India and Haas are also not that far behind
Sebastian Vettel grabs his second @pirellisport Pole Position award in a row!#F1 #Quali #ChineseGP ?? pic.twitter.com/RPQiWVv8Js
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Also, here’s Lewis Hamilton’s reaction to qualifying and his thoughts ahead of the race tomorrow.
“The Ferraris are too quick on the straight. “I don’t know if we can challenge, we were half-a-second behind today. I can’t tell you if we can challenge. We were quicker in the last race but they were able to hold on.”
The race gets going at 8:10 South African time on Sunday morning. We will have all the updated standings when everything is said and done.
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