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Vettel takes pole position in China - Sebastian leads a surprise grid with Alonso and Webber behind

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Vettel takes pole position in China
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Welcome to F1Minute, it’s the 18th April 2009.

Vettel took pole position in China today, as the Red Bulls outshone the Brawn GP cars for the first time this season.

Qualifying got underway with a surprise exit in the first session by Kubica, who clearly didn’t benefit from the team taking his KERS device out overnight. Renault were also up till the early hours, removing KERS from their cars and introducing a new rear diffuser.

Glock qualified 14th initially, but has to take a five place grid drop penalty after changing his gearbox following problems in Free Practice 3.

Meanwhile, Bourdais was out in the first session of qualifying, whilst Buemi scraped into the top ten. Webber took a provisional pole position, but was pushed down by his teammate and then Alonso, who popped into second – although he is running quite light. That means three Renault engines in the first three grid slots.

That’s it for today, I’ll be back tomorrow with another F1Minute.