Formula One: Vettel Takes Chinese GP Pole

Sebastian Vettel can’t seem to do any wrong in the young Formula One season, as the defending world champion took yet another pole position with a masterful Chinese Grand Prix qualifying at the Shanghai International Circuit on Saturday.

Vettel of Red Bull clocked in at 1 minute and 33.706 seconds in Qualifying 3, edging McLaren drivers Jenson Button and Lewis Hamilton, who registered best times of 1m 34.421s and 1m 34.463s, respectively. Nico Rosberg of Mercedes will start on the fourth grid Sunday, while Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa, qualified fifth and sixth. Vettel’s Red Bull teammate Mark Webber will start in 18th place after ending his qualifying early due to a problem with his car’s KERS setup.

A victory on Sunday for Vettel will give him the distinction of being the only driver to win at least twice at the Shanghai circuit following his 2009 triumph in the same race. More importantly, a victory at the Chinese GP will allow him to increase his lead in the drivers title. He currently has 50 points after winning the first two races of the season, 24 points clear of Button.