November 23, 2017

Sebastian Vettel takes pole for Chinese F1 GP

Yes it's me again. Pole position eh? No I am not getting bored with it.

Red Bull F1 driver Sebastian Vettel has taken yet another pole position in a dominant qualifying performance for Sundays Chinese Formula One Grand Prix.

It is the third straight pole start of the season for Vettel. If the trend continues it will be his third straight win as well.

Following behind Vettel are the McLaren duo of Jenson Button, only seven-tenths of a second behind and Lewis Hamilton.

“We did it again,” Vettel said. “I keep reminding myself and the team that it is always tough.”

Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg will be fourth on the grid, with Ferrari’s of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa in fifth and sixth.

The luckles season continues for Red Bull’s Mark Webber who was eliminated in the first session after electrical problems and a tyre gamble that did not come off. Webber is starting from 18th on the grid.

A Vettel victory in China will earn hom the accolade of being the first driver since Michael Schumacher in 2004 to win the first three races of the F1 season.

Vettel was humbly pointing out that his qualifying time only gave him an “eight meters” advantage tomorrow.

That may be so but with the consistency of the Red Bull racing it is hard to imagine them not winning. Only a mechanical failure or crash will most likely stand between Vettel and a huge lead in the F1 Driver Championship. Tactically Red Bull have been spot-on. Perhaps complacency might creep in somewhere along the line, but it doesn’t look like it will happen tomorrow.

Drivers like Hamilton are going to start pushing the boudaries as they feel the pressure form the faster Red Bull car. This will inevitably lead to mistakes and barrier contact.

Toro Rosso have carried on their impressive rise in the F1 pecking order with Jaime Alguersuari qualifying seventh and Sebastien Buemi in ninth. Force India rookie Paul Di Resta qualified eighth.

Renault’s Vitaly Petrov rounds out the top ten, starting in tenth spot.