Lewis Hamilton took his 63rd pole position of his career at the end of qualifying in Shanghai

Льюис Хэмилтон взял свой 63-й поул в карьере по итогам квалификации в Шанхае

Lewis Hamilton took pole position in the qualification of Grand Prix of China, ahead of Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari and his teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Fortunately for the riders, teams and fans, the qualification in Shanghai kicked off on time and without problems. The weather conditions were quite acceptable, difficulties with the medical helicopter – solved, and all drivers without problems commenced his duties.

Seven minutes after the start of the first segment in the last turn launched Romain Grosjean. Fortunately, the Frenchman did not hit the wall, but his tyres had a puncture. No matter how hard Romain to find out from the team on the radio what happened to him, no one was able to answer him to this question.

The first segment ended with a accident Antonio Giovinazzi, whose Sauber was hurt pretty badly from the collision with the barriers. The Italian touched the artificial grass, which then lost control of the car. It is worth noting that Antonio was the second segment, however, it no longer had any value.

Hero Melbourne qualifying Grosjean was forced to abort the attempt because of the accident of the rider Sauber and remained 17th, behind it stands Jolyon Palmer at Renault. A bad day for ward Haas.

One of a sudden “dropout” was Max Verstappen, who immediately went on the road, warned the team about the problems with the engine. In the end, the Dutchman went on his fastest lap on the Supersoft, but a minute before the end was able to break only in the 17th place and in the end it was generally 19th. As later explained to the team, it was in the wrong job software engine.

Closed twenty pilots Esteban Windows, also failed to improve because of the accident, Giovinazzi.

After a 15-minute delay, during which the marshals were removed the consequences of the accident, the drivers immediately began the second segment. As in the first, the leaders quickly turned Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari. Mercedes was somewhere on the same level – Hamilton lacked only 0,015 seconds to Vettel. But what does it matter in the second segment?

Naturally, in the arena all the same: Ferrari, Mercedes, Red Bull Racing – albeit consisting only of Daniel ricciardo. At the end of the second segment was able to jump on the train called the third segment in addition to the above more Nico Hulkenberg and the two Williams driver Felipe Massa and lance Stroll. It should be noted that at this time the canadian is quite firmly held the qualification that immediately gave results. Sergio Perez of Force India and Toro Rosso protégé Daniil Kvyat also took place in the third segment.

Much less fortunate Carlos Sainz, Kevin Magnussen, Fernando Alonso, Marcus Ericsson and of course, Antonio Giovinazzi.

Fernando Alonso said on the radio that controls the car like an animal, but this, unfortunately, was not enough for the third segment because of the Honda engine.

In the third segment of the first series of fast laps ended in favor of Hamilton (1.31,902), Vettel not had nearly 0.2 seconds, should be placed Valtteri Bottas, Kimi Raikkonen, ricciardo, Hulkenberg, Massa, Kvyat.

But the final attempt turned out slightly more dramatic. First, Lewis Hamilton improved his time to 1.31,678. Valtteri was able to improve, but only up to the third place! Finn is not enough just 0.001 of a second to Vettel again broke on the first starting row. Mercedes immediately felt that in China 0.001 seconds distance equivalent to 5.9 inches!

Raikkonen could not get involved in the fight for pole position and took the fourth position, behind almost half a second from Hamilton.

Riccardo remained fifth, followed by tomorrow will start the Mass, Hulkenberg, which left on the second attempt due to the lack of fresh Supersoft, Perez, Kvyat and lance Stroll.

POS. Pilot Team Time RET.
1. Льюис Хэмилтон взял свой 63-й поул в карьере по итогам квалификации в Шанхае Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1.31,678  
2. Льюис Хэмилтон взял свой 63-й поул в карьере по итогам квалификации в Шанхае Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1.31,864 +0,186
3. Льюис Хэмилтон взял свой 63-й поул в карьере по итогам квалификации в Шанхае Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1.31,865 +0,187
4. Льюис Хэмилтон взял свой 63-й поул в карьере по итогам квалификации в Шанхае Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1.32,140 +0,462
5. Льюис Хэмилтон взял свой 63-й поул в карьере по итогам квалификации в Шанхае Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull 1.33,033 +1,355
6. Льюис Хэмилтон взял свой 63-й поул в карьере по итогам квалификации в Шанхае Felipe Massa Williams 1.33,507 +1,829
7. Льюис Хэмилтон взял свой 63-й поул в карьере по итогам квалификации в Шанхае Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1.33,580 +1,902
8. Льюис Хэмилтон взял свой 63-й поул в карьере по итогам квалификации в Шанхае Sergio Perez Force India 1.33,706 +2,028
9. Льюис Хэмилтон взял свой 63-й поул в карьере по итогам квалификации в Шанхае Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso 1.33,719 +2,041
10. Льюис Хэмилтон взял свой 63-й поул в карьере по итогам квалификации в Шанхае Lance Stroll Williams 1.34,220 +2,542
The threshold for the first segment: 1.34,090 Lag*
11. Льюис Хэмилтон взял свой 63-й поул в карьере по итогам квалификации в Шанхае Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso 1.34,150 +1,969
12. Льюис Хэмилтон взял свой 63-й поул в карьере по итогам квалификации в Шанхае Kevin Magnussen Haas 1.34,164 +1,983
13. Льюис Хэмилтон взял свой 63-й поул в карьере по итогам квалификации в Шанхае Fernando Alonso McLaren 1.34,372 +2,191
14. Льюис Хэмилтон взял свой 63-й поул в карьере по итогам квалификации в Шанхае Marcus Ericsson Sauber 1.35,046 +2,865
15. Льюис Хэмилтон взял свой 63-й поул в карьере по итогам квалификации в Шанхае Antonio Giovinazzi Sauber    
The threshold for the second segment: 1.34,963 Lag**
16. Льюис Хэмилтон взял свой 63-й поул в карьере по итогам квалификации в Шанхае Stoffel Vandorn McLaren 1.35,023 +1,945
17. Льюис Хэмилтон взял свой 63-й поул в карьере по итогам квалификации в Шанхае Romain Grosjean Haas 1.35,223 +2,145
18. Льюис Хэмилтон взял свой 63-й поул в карьере по итогам квалификации в Шанхае Jolyon Palmer Renault 1.35,279 +2,201
19. Льюис Хэмилтон взял свой 63-й поул в карьере по итогам квалификации в Шанхае Max Verstappen Red Bull 1.35,433 +2,355
20. Льюис Хэмилтон взял свой 63-й поул в карьере по итогам квалификации в Шанхае Esteban Windows Force India 1.35,496 +2,418
107% of the best time of the first segment: 1.39,593
* – the gap from the best time of the first segment
** – the gap from the best time of the second segment

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