Lewis Hamilton has taken pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix, making it 6 consecutive pole positions in Shanghai and also in consecutive races.

The rest of the Mercedes and Ferrari drivers lined up in the same order as Melbourne, as Raikkonen qualified fourth, but there was a very interesting gap between Vettel and Bottas…

Yep, only one THOUSANDTH of a second…

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Yep, we couldn’t believe it either… (Via F1 Banter)

After this, however, it all changes from here on. Ricciardo is in fifth substituting for his team mate, after Verstappen had issues in Q1 and qualified down in 19th. This was because he lost two cylinders in his engine and was down on power.

The Dutchman would have got a bit further into qualifying, however his fastest lap was ruined by Antonio Giovinazzi finding the wall and bringing out the red flags after a heavy shunt.

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Unlike Giovinazzi, it was a good day for Lance Stroll, who managed to Stroll into Q2 and then Q3 for the first time in his Formula 1 career, in a day where he once again mugged off the person who made the Has Stroll Crashed Today website.

He beat Carlos Sainz to Q3 by less than a tenth, and as a result the young Spainiard was forced to join Kevin Magnussen, Fernando Alonso, Marcus Ericsson and the crashed Antonio Giovinazzi in bailing out of the session in the second part of qualifying.

Honda was once again down on power, seeing as Alonso had to fight “like an animal” to get to where he did, while his team mate Stoffel Vandoorne down in 16th and out in Q1, ahead of Romain Grosjean, Jolyon Palmer, Verstappen as earlier mentioned, and Esteban Ocon.

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