Saturday, June 6

Hamilton takes pole in China


SHANGHAI: World champion Lewis Hamilton roared to pole position in yesterday’s qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix, just pipping Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg.

Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel, who stunned the Silver Arrows to win in Malaysia, will start from third on the grid for today’s race alongside the Williams of Felipe Massa. Hamilton clocked the quickest time of one minute, 35.782sec to maintain his perfect qualifying record in the season’s first three races. Rosberg lapped just four hundredths slower than the Briton and when informed he had narrowly missed out on pole, yelled over the radio: “Oh come on, guys!”

The German then shook hands with countryman Vettel but blanked Hamilton as the top three posed for pitlane photographs. — AFP