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China 2011 - Qualifying // Pole position for the Chinese race is up for grabs

Published by Christine

Flying the flag for China
Flying the flag for ChinaCredit: Charles Coates/LAT Photographic

Two races, two pole positions, and Sebastian Vettel will be looking for a third. The real story does not lie with him though, but further down the grid.

HRT managed to qualify last weekend, and don't appear to have regressed any so look set to do the same in China. The question is, will they manage to beat Virgin? Richard Branson's team seem to be getting slower as the others continue to improve.

Can Mercedes keep up the pace, and can Toro Rosso make it through to the top ten shootout? These are all questions we will get answered over the course of the next couple of hours.

Qualifying is due to begin at 7am GMT+1 with the BBC and Factbyte Factbox coverage starting an hour earlier.

Statistics

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Shanghai International Circuit, Saturday

16℃

  • Low 8℃
  • Humidity 42%

White cloud

2010 Session Results
PosDriverTeamTimeLaps
1S VettelRed Bull1:34.55821
2M WebberRed Bull1:34.80617
3F AlonsoFerrari1:34.91315
4N RosbergMercedes1:34.92317
5J ButtonMcLaren1:34.97917

Predictions

For the last two races, I've had a little bit of fun in the FBFB comparing Paul di Resta's qualifying performance to Adrian Sutil's. The rookie Force India driver has outqualified his more experienced teammate on both occasions, and the pie chart that creates does amuse me. That leads me to today's question.

Chi 2011 Quali: Will Adrian Sutil ever manage to outqualify Paul di Resta?

  • Yes

    38%
  • No

    62%

13 votes

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Two races, two pole positions, and Sebastian Vettel will be looking for a third. The real story does not lie with him though, but further down the grid.
Charles Coates/LAT Photographic

Event start

07:00GMT +01:00

16 April 2011