Lewis Hamilton takes the pole for the Chinese Grand Prix.

With this result Lewis Hamilton becomes the best British qualifier in formula 1, surpassing Jim Clark’s record of pole positions.

Lewis_Hamilton-Chinese_GP-2014-S01Hamilton went quickest in the first and third sectors as he posted a 1:53.860, over a second faster than Rosberg and ultimately far quicker than anything anyone would manage. Behind him Ricciardo was unable to get within half a second of Hamilton but, notably, out-qualified Vettel with a blistering final lap. Rosberg may well have locked out the front row with Hamilton but he ran wide at Turn 14 on his penultimate run, before spinning out of the final corner at the end of his last flying lap.

Fernando Alonso took fifth, keeping him well placed to build on his impressive practice form in the race, but team-mate Kimi Raikkonen was the highest profile casualty of Q2 as he could only manage to come home in 11th, with Jenson Button also failing to make it into the final qualifying session. Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas ended a trend of Williams struggling in the wet this season by qualifying sixth and seventh respectively, while Nico Hulkenberg could only manage eighth. Team-mate Sergio Perez, who claimed a podium in Bahrain, was another who failed to emerge from Q2.

Pos. Drivers Teams Time Laps
01. 44 – United Kingdom Lewis Hamilton Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:53.860 21
02. 03Australia Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull Racing 1:54.455 23
03. 01Deutschland Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing 1:54.960 23
04. 06 – Deutschland Nico Rosberg Mercedes AMG Petronas 1:55.143 22
05. 14 - Spain Fernando Alonso Scuderia Ferrari 1:55.637 21
06. 19 – Brazil Felipe Massa Williams Martini Racing 1:56.147 24
07. 77 – Finland Valtteri Bottas Williams Martini Racing 1:56.282 24
08. 27 – Deutschland Nico Hulkenberg Sahara Force India 1:56.366 23
09. 25 - France Jean-Eric Vergne Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:56.773 23
10. 08 – France Romain Grosjean Lotus F1 Team 1:57.079 22
11. 07Finland Kimi Raikkonen Scuderia Ferrari 1:56.860 17
12. 22 – United Kingdom Jenson Button McLaren Mercedes 1:56.963 17
13. 26 – Russia Daniil Kvyat Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:57.289 18
14. 99 – Deutschland Adrian Sutil Sauber F1 Team 1:57.393 17
15. 20 – Denmark Kevin Magnussen McLaren Mercedes 1:57.675 17
16. 11 – Mexico Sergio Perez Sahara Force India 1:58.264 17
17. 21 – Mexico Esteban Gutierrez Sauber F1 Team 1:58.988 10
18. 10 – Japan Kamui Kobayashi Caterham F1 Team 1:59.260 10
19. 17 – France Jules Bianchi Marussia F1 Team 1:59.326 10
20. 09 – Sweden Marcus Ericsson Caterham F1 Team 2:00.646 10
21. 04 – United Kingdom Max Chilton Marussia F1 Team 2:00.865 10
22. 13 – Venezuela Pastor Maldonado Lotus F1 Team no time 0