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Team mate beating me fair and square: Vettel

By Abhishek Takle SHANGHAI (Reuters) - Sebastian Vettel conceded he was struggling to keep up with Daniel Ricciardo after his team mate beat the world champion to lead Red Bull to their best Saturday result this season in Chinese Grand Prix qualifying. Ricciardo, whose team lost an appeal this week against his exclusion from second place at his home race in Australia last month, was second to Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes in treacherous conditions at soaking Shanghai with a lap that was half a second faster than Vettel's best.

Formula One: Chinese Grand Prix grid

Grid for the Chinese Grand Prix following qualifying on Saturday: 1st row Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes) Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Red Bull-Renault) 2nd row Sebastian Vettel (GER/Red Bull-Renault) Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes) 3rd row Fernando Alonso (ESP/Ferrari) Felipe Massa (BRA/Williams-Mercedes) 4th row Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Williams-Mercedes) Nico Hulkenberg (GER/Force India-Mercedes) 5th row Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA/Toro Rosso-Renault) Romain Grosjean (FRA/Lotus-Renault)

Formula One: Hamilton storms to record pole in China

Lewis Hamilton convincingly snared pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix Saturday as he put himself in line to win three races in a row for the first time and seize control of the championship. Under steady rain, the British Mercedes driver was untouchable as he powered to 1min 53.860sec, his third pole position in four races this season and more than half-a-second ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. Australian driver Ricciardo again out-qualified his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel, the four-time defending world champion, who was third in 1:54.960.

Formula One: Hamilton storms to record pole in China

Lewis Hamilton put himself in line Saturday to win a third race in a row for the first time in his career when he convincingly took pole position for Sunday's Chinese grand prix. Under steady rain, the British Mercedes driver was untouchable as he powered to 1min 53.860sec, his third pole position in four races this season and more than half-a-second ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. Australian driver Ricciardo again out-qualified his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel, the four-time defending world champion, who was third in 1:54.960.

Formula One: Hamilton on pole for Chinese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton put himself in line Saturday to win a third race in a row for the first time in his career when he convincingly took pole position for Sunday's Chinese grand prix. Under steady rain, the British Mercedes driver was untouchable as he powered to 1min 53.860sec, his third pole position in four races this season and more than half-a-second ahead of Daniel Ricciardo. Australian driver Ricciardo again out-qualified his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel, the four-time defending world champion, who was third in 1:54.960.

Formula One: Vettel admits Ricciardo doing better job

Sebastian Vettel admitted he needs to raise his game after Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo on Saturday again out-qualified the four-time world champion at the Chinese Grand Prix. Ricciardo was no match for pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton, who was fastest by almost six-tenths of a second, but he put himself ahead of Vettel by qualifying on the front row for the second time this season, with the German third.

Formula One: Hamilton says tyre rules deprive fans

Lewis Hamilton said F1 teams should be allowed more tyres Saturday after restrictions prompted some drivers to sit out final practice for the Chinese Grand Prix, meaning a raw deal for fans. Hamilton claimed a British-record 34th pole position and he did it without going out for a meaningful lap in final practice on Saturday morning as the rain teemed down in Shanghai.

Formula One: Chinese Grand Prix qualifying results

Qualifying results from the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday (Q denotes qualified): Q1

Formula One: Chinese Grand Prix qualifying results

Qualifying results from the Chinese Grand Prix on Saturday (Q denotes qualified): Q2

Formula One: Ricciardo fastest in wet final practice

Australia's Daniel Ricciardo pushed his Red Bull to the fastest lap time during a wet final practice session on Saturday for the Chinese Grand Prix. With championship leader Nico Rosberg and Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton opting not to set any flying lap times in the miserable damp and cold conditions but instead perform pit stop practice and preserve tyres, there were some unfamiliar names near the top of the timings board.
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