Lewis Hamilton - Photo Credit: Mercedes
Photo Credit: Mercedes
0

Hamilton Simply Unstoppable In Shanghai Qualifying

Lewis Hamilton was in a class of his own in tricky conditions as the Briton maintained Mercedes’ 100% pole position record in 2014. Persistent rain in Shanghai made life difficult for the drivers but Hamilton made it look relatively easy, beating Daniel Ricciardo to pole by over half a second.

Hamilton had looked the favourite through the two knockout sessions and duly delivered on that potential with a 1:53.860 but his teammate Nico Rosberg buckled under the pressure with two mistakes on his final two laps of Q3. On the first, Nico locked a front wheel under braking for the hairpin and although he cleared that hurdle second time around, the German slid off at the final corner to end his pole position challenge.

The errors proved costly as Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel squeezed their Red Bulls between the two Mercedes, relegating Rosberg to fourth. Ricciardo’s performance was particularly impressive with the Australian half a second quicker and now 3-1 ahead of his world champion teammate in their qualifying head-to-head.

Fernando Alonso wrestled his Ferrari up to fifth ahead of the Williams of Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas with Nico Hulkenberg eighth in the sole Force India to reach Q3. Jean-Eric Vergne will start ninth for Toro Rosso and will be joined on row five by compatriot Romain Grosjean who produced a stellar performance to take Lotus into Q3.

Kimi Raikkonen’s tough start to his second spell at Ferrari continued, the Finn falling at the second Qualifying hurdle. Raikkonen lines up eleventh alongside fellow world champion Jenson Button with both McLarens joining the second Ferrari in the Q2 drop zone.

 

 2014 UBS CHINESE GRAND PRIX – QUALIFYING RESULT
POS DRIVER TEAM TYRE TIME
1  44. LEWIS HAMILTON MERCEDES INTER 1:53.860
2  3. DANIEL RICCIARDO RED BULL RACING RENAULT INTER 1:54.455
3  1. SEBASTIAN VETTEL RED BULL RACING RENAULT INTER 1:54.960
4  6. NICO ROSBERG MERCEDES INTER 1:55.143
5  14. FERNANDO ALONSO FERRARI INTER 1:55.637
6  19. FELIPE MASSA WILLIAMS MERCEDES INTER 1:56.147
7  77. VALTTERI BOTTAS WILLIAMS MERCEDES INTER 1:56.282
8  27. NICO HULKENBERG FORCE INDIA MERCEDES INTER 1:56.366
9  25. JEAN-ERIC VERGNE STR RENAULT INTER 1:56.773
10  8. ROMAIN GROSJEAN LOTUS RENAULT INTER 1:57.079
ELIMINATED IN Q2
11  7. KIMI RAIKKONEN FERRARI INTER 1:56.860
12  22. JENSON BUTTON McLAREN MERCEDES INTER 1:56.963
13  26. DANIIL KVYAT STR RENAULT INTER 1:57.289
14  99. ADRIAN SUTIL SAUBER FERRARI INTER 1:57.393
15  20. KEVIN MAGNUSSEN McLAREN MERCEDES INTER 1:57.675
16  11. SERGIO PEREZ FORCE INDIA MERCEDES INTER 1:58.264
ELIMINATED IN Q1
17  21. ESTEBAN GUTIERREZ SAUBER FERRARI INTER 1:58.988
18  10. KAMUI KOBAYASHI CATERHAM RENAULT INTER 1:59.260
19  17. JULES BIANCHI MARUSSIA FERRARI INTER 1:59.326
20  9. MARCUS ERICSSON CATERHAM RENAULT INTER 2:00.646
21  4. MAX CHILTON MARUSSIA FERRARI INTER 2:00.865
Q1 107% TIME: 2:03.602
22  13. PASTOR MALDONADO LOTUS RENAULT n/a NO TIME