Vettel takes pole in China, and Ferrari looks like it’s back

first_img“I knew I could step it up, because I had a lot more in me,” Vettel said.Vettel won in Australia, and last week in Bahrain. Now comes China. Another track, but Ferrari still looks dominant.“The first races have been a bit different,” Vettel said. “The tracks are quite different to each other. To have that much of a gap (over Mercedes), it is a surprise.”Saturday qualifying was chilly and windy, and damp in places from overnight rain. Sunday will be warmer with temperatures near 20C (68F) at the circuit outside central Shanghai.Hamilton could still be viewed as a favorite on Sunday despite missing pole. He has won five times in China, including last year, and has taken pole position six times on the Chinese circuit.The third row will be made up of the two Red Bull cars, showing the dominance over the last several seasons of Ferrari, Mercedes and Red Bull.Max Verstappen will start from the No. 5 spot and teammate Daniel Ricciardo in the sixth position.“We definitely have work to do,” Bottas said. Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany steers his car during the qualifying session for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai, Saturday, April 14, 2018. Vettel took pole position for Sunday’s race. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)SHANGHAI — It’s still early, but it looks like Ferrari is back.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix, where the German will be going for his third straight victory to open the Formula One season.ADVERTISEMENT Import Shane Edwards rescues Ginebra in tune-up win over TNT Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC View comments LATEST STORIES Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextcenter_img Vettel and Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen will start on the first row in Shanghai. Mercedes, which has dominated the last four seasons, will start on the second row with Valtteri Bottas ahead of No. 4 Lewis Hamilton — the defending and four-time series champion.The famous Italian team has not won a season title in 11 years with Kimi Raikkonen champion in 2007. But Bottas is already hinting that rival Ferrari is the team to beat.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownBottas was asked if he was surprised by the Ferrari advantage.“Yes we are,” he said. “We thought coming into today that we’d be fighting for the pole position. But it was definitely out of reach today.” Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast MOST READ Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Both Ferrari cars were 0.5 seconds faster in qualifying than either Mercedes, a huge gap in F1. Bottas, in fact, suggested it might be too much to make up on Sunday.“They have a really strong car,” he said. “We can see it, especially in very long corners.”Vettel, who claimed the 52nd pole of his career on Saturday, is off to a tremendous start as he chases his fifth title. Hamilton is also trying to win his fifth, but has been overshadowed so far by his long-time rival.“The car was really amazing,” Vettel said. “It just kept getting better.”Vettel had his quickest time on his final qualifying lap, clocking 1 minute, 31.095 seconds on the 5.45-kilometer (3.39-mile) course to edge out Raikkonen.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more