Red Bull is showing its dominance in Formula 1 this season with its front row start for tomorrow’s Chinese GP. Fresh from a 1-2 victory in Malaysia a fortnight ago the team’s 1-2 qualifying finish was led by Sebastian Vettel closely followed by his teammate Mark Webber.
It looked as though Webber sealed pole position but at the dying minutes of the final session his German teammate crossed the finish line about 0.3 seconds quicker. Many expected a McLaren to be on top after Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton dominated the practice sessions on Friday but both British drivers settled for fifth and sixth respectively.
Both the Red Bulls will be joined by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in third place. Mercedes GP’s Nico Rosberg who finished the previous race in the podium will start from fourth. Drivers championship leader Felipe Massa of Ferrari managed seventh after making a mistake at the final corner on his last lap ahead of Renault’s Robert Kubica and Mercedes’ Michael Schumacher who was outpaced by his team mate yet again. The 7-times World Champion says that his Mercedes is struggling with balance. Force India is proving to be consistent with Adrian Sutil’s tenth place.
Further down the grid in 19th place is Timo Glock for Virgin followed by the Lotus Racing duo headed by Jarno Trulli. Lucas di Grassi in the other Virgin will start from 22nd position. Both Bruno Senna and Karun Chandhok from Hispania made up the final two grid positions.
The new comers are still at least 5 seconds behind the leaders and it has been so since the season started in Bahrain indicating that Virgin, Lotus and especially Hispania still have a long way to go.
Full results can be found here.