The current world championship leader, Valtteri Bottas lead another Mercedes 1-2 in Shanghai by driving what was an absolutely phenomenal lap.
Bottas took pole for Mercedes with a time of 1m31.547s, 0.023s faster than current world champion, Lewis Hamilton, in a dominant showing from the Silver team.
Ferrari will fill out the second row of the starting grid tomorrow with Sebastian Vettel taking third for the Scuderia, 0.017s faster than youngster Charles Leclerc.
Third row goes to the Red Bulls, who at one point seemed to have the pace to sneak a car in between the two Ferrari’s, however, a mistake lead to neither car being able to complete their second outing and both were stripped of the chance to improve their initial lap times. Max Verstappen will start tomorrow’s race in P5 with Pierre Gasly alongside him in P6.
The French team managed a great quali outing today in China. They locked out the fourth row for the race with Daniel Ricciardo finally edging out his team-mate in their duel. P7 for the Australian and P8 for the German.
The two Haas drivers squeaked into Q3, but, neither one of them actually ended up setting a time during the final session. Being seated according to their Q2 order, Magnussen will start from P9 with Grosjean filling out the fifth row for the American squad.
Ten cars, five teams, standing two by two. Chances are good for a great show tomorrow in Shanghai.
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