Valtteri Bottas grabs pole position at #ChineseGP, Lewis Hamilton second

Valtteri Bottas grabs pole position at #ChineseGP, Lewis Hamilton second

"Valtteri has been stellar all weekend".

"The vehicle has been really good this weekend, and Lewis also improved a lot in qualifying, it was super close", said the Finn Bottas. An incredible result for the team.

Verstappen made his feelings clear over the radio, and later said that it was an "unwritten rule" that drivers stay behind each other heading into the last sector.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was third fastest, 0.301secs off the pace, and just 0.017secs quicker than team-mate Charles Leclerc. Red Bull Racing were the next two, with Max Verstappen finishing fifth and Pierre Gasly in sixth. Ferrari are particularly quick on the straights.

"I didn't give up, I kept pushing right to the end". What we've seen on our tool is that we are losing three-and-a-half tenths on the straights but we're gaining more in the corners.

"First of all it's important because when I read some of the stuff, it looks like a little bit of complaining that we are lacking straight-line speed".

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"I was trying to follow the Ferrari in front of me and trying to overtake him, this time it caught me out and I'm not happy about that", he said.

Red Bull looked to have a chance to challenge the Ferraris after the first runs, when Verstappen split Vettel and Leclerc, but a misjudgement meant neither vehicle made it around to start the final laps before the chequered flag fell. "So it'll be a tough fight for the win, but we are going to fight for it".

"I think this is a very important discussion to have and we have had that discussion since Monza 2014, that was the race after Spa", he said.

Asked if Mercedes would try to use that strength to run and hide, Silver Arrows chief Toto Wolff said: "That's exactly what we want to do!" Along with Antonio Giovinazzi, who failed to set a time in Q1, Albon "will race at the stewards' discretion" on Sunday.

Alexander Albon of Red Bull Toro Rosso walked away from a stunning crash on Saturday in the final practice session ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix. The good news is he will start the F1 Chinese Grand Prix Sunday; the bad news is he will start dead last and from the pit lane. More angry and disappointed than anything else. "It was a big crash, but it was a silly one as well".

"We made it to the top of the timesheets but it is always very hard to find a good balance through an entire lap on this track", said Bottas. "The vehicle has the pace in it to compete at the front, we just need to find the right set-up".