Valtteri Bottas beats Lewis Hamilton to pole position at the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix – F1’s 1,000th race. It’s a Ferrari second row.
You might have thought, after Leclerc’s performance in Bahrain that, barring mechanical issues, the Chinese Grand Prix would see Ferrari in charge properly challenging Mercedes. But not so.
In fact, the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix qualifying saw the Mercedes of Hamilton and Bottas scrapping for pole, and it was Bottas who came out on top, beating Hamilton to pole position by a squeaky 0.023 seconds to lock out the front row for Mercedes.
Behind the Silver Arrows Ferrari locked out row two, with Vettel besting his team mate to start third on the grid, with rookie Charles Leclerc alongside in fourth. Row three is Red Bull territory, with Max Verstappen in fifth and Pierre Gasly in sixth.
The grid symmetry continues after the nice neat Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull front three rows, with the Renaults of Ricciardo and Hulkenberg taking row four and the Haas of Magnussen and Grosjean row five.
It wasn’t as successful an outing for McLaren in China, with Sainz and Norris qualifying 14th and 15th, but the Williams of Russell and Kubica won’t start at the back this time, qualifying in 17th and 18th.
But that’s because Giovinazzi in the Alfa and Albon in the Toro Rosso didn’t take part in qualifying.