Mercedes AMG Petronas British driver Lewis Hamilton took his third pole of the season at the Shanghai International Circuit on Saturday, overcoming rainy conditions and beating out Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo by just over a half a second in the Chinese Grand Prix.
Hamilton’s time of 1 minute, 53.860 seconds at the Shanghai International Circuit was six tenths seconds faster than Ricciardo, who seems to see further off his bad luck in the season. The Australian had his second place in Australia stripped through disqualification and had been imposed 10-place penalty on the grid for a pit-lane infringement in Malaysia, but rebounded with a fourth place performance in Bahrain Grand Prix this month.
It was Mecerdes’ fourth straight pole to start the Formula One season and the third for Hamilton with his teammate Nico Rosberg finished fourth.
“It was so slippery out there, trying to find the grip, obviously not making mistakes on your lap, and really putting it together, especially when you have these guys (Red Bull) pushing you,” Hamilton said of third pole position of the season so far.
“It was a tough session. I really enjoyed it. The car was feeling great. It’s a good position for the race and I hope we can follow through tomorrow.”
Ricciardo’s teammate and four-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel came in five tenths a second behind Ricciardo, and Rosberg was followed by Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in fifth place.
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