It is the 16th April 2011, and this is F1Minute.
Qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix took place earlier today, with Sebastian Vettel making it three pole positions in a row. The story was further back though, as his teammate Mark Webber struggled with the car and couldn’t make it out of Q1. He’d only managed to complete 5 laps in FP3 after some on and off KERS issues, then in the first session of qualifying, the team kept him on hard tyres assuming he could make it through, and he didn’t. With Vettel on pole, Webber starts the race tomorrow from 18th place.
In Q2, Petrov’s Renault came to a halt out on track which caused a red flag with only two minutes of the session remaining. This messed up his teammate Nick Heidfeld’s strategy considerably, as Heidfeld had waited to make just one attempt at a lap. He did manage to complete that lap but didn’t get through to Q3. Petrov had been fast enough to get through but couldn’t participate.
Both Toro Rossos were in the top ten shootout, but it was Vettel’s day. McLaren’s Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton finished second and third respectively.
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