SEBASTIAN VETTEL secured his third-and Red Bull’s fourth-pole of the season earlier this morning’s qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix with a Q3 lap time of 1:34.558 (128.949 mph). His Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber made it yet another front row lock out with a time of 1:34.806. Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso qualified third with a lap of 1:34.913.
The rest of the top 10 drivers are, in grid order: Rosberg (Mercedes), Button (McLaren), Hamilton (McLaren), Massa (Ferrari), Kubica (Renault), Schumacher (Mercedes) and Sutil (Force India).
There are some driver penalties further down the grid to tell you about. Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi will drop down five places after changing his gearbox. Meanwhile Hispania’s Karun Chandhok will also drop down five places because the team broke a seal on his gearbox without an FIA steward present. But since he qualified dead last it doesn’t affect him at all.
I was pretty shocked at Red Bull’s pace in Q3 and total lack of pace from the McLarens, especially from Hamilton. He’s been dominating the time sheets for almost the whole meet, but when it really mattered he could only manage 6th and Button 5th. Although both cars were apparently suffering from a faulty gearbox which was putting them into neutral instead of second. I just hope that they can get off the line without any trouble.
Now then, just who will win?
I’m going to put my neck on the line again and say Vettel. Just who can stop him in both the dry or wet at the moment? I’m sure that if he had a totally reliable car to drive he would have won all three races this season. Vettel himself believes that it will rain, and we all know how good he is in the wet. Just look at last year’s Chinese Grand Prix.