Lewis Hamilton proved once more that he is the master of the Shanghai International Circuit on Saturday when he stole top spot on the grid for Sunday’s race. The Briton is joined on the front row by his Mercedes team mate, who won his first race at this circuit back in 2012.
The first session saw both ‘M’ teams drop out as is to be expected for most of this season. They were joined by Nico Hulkenberg in his Force India, as the Silverstone team continue to struggle in 2015.
As was the case in Malaysia, Jenson Button qualified ahead of Fernando Alonso, however, it was only by four thousandths of a second. They can take some solace from the fact that they were just six hundredths away from Forcie
Q2 saw three Red Bull cars drop out; all apart from Daniel Ricciardo. His team mate, the Russian Kvyat, complained of a loss of power down the back straight, and was only able to get one lap time in. Evidently, it wasn’t quite fast enough.
In the final session, it was all about the Mercedes duo. Hamilton shattered the morale by posting a first time of 1:35.782, which was eventually enough to secure Pole. He was given a run for his money in the closing moments – the World Champion was unable to improve on his time, and paved the way for an attack by Rosberg, but he fell agonisingly short, but just .042 of a second.
The Top 10
Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes (1:35.782)
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes (1:35.824)
Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari (1:36.682)
Felipe Massa, Williams (1:36.954)
Valtteri Bottas, Williams 1:37.143)
Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari (1:37.232)
Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull (1:37.540)
Romain Grosjean, Lotus (1:37.905)
Felipe Nasr, Sauber (1:38.067)
Marcus Ericsson, Sauber (1:38.058)
Eliminated in Q2
Pastor Maldonado, Lotus (1:38.134)
Daniil Kvyat, Red Bull (1:38.209)
Max Verstappen, Toro Rosso (1:38.393)
Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso (1:38.538)
Sergio Perez, Force India (1:39.290)
Eliminated in Q1
Nico Hulkenberg, Force India (1:39.216)
Jenson Button, McLaren (1:.39.276)
Fernando Alonso, McLaren (1:39.280)
Will Stevens, Manor Marussia (1:42.091)
Roberto Merhi, Manor Marussia (1:42.842)