2014 Chinese Formula 1 Grand Prix - Qualifying

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Hulkenberg, Vergne and Grosjean complete the top ten
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Alonso claims fifth, in front of Williams duo Massa and Bottas
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Vettel fails to find time and finishes third, just ahead of Rosberg
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Ricciardo improves his time, but stays second
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Rosberg spins at the final corner! That ends his hopes of improving
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The chequered flag comes out, but plenty of times are on the way
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Hamilton improves to 1:53.860, putting him even further ahead
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Ricciardo is up to second behind Hamilton
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The German now heads on to a final effort
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Rosberg locks up at the end of the long back straight and backs off
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Hamilton is told that the only area he is lacking to Rosberg is through Turn 7
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The frontrunners have bolted on fresh Intermediates
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The second timed attempts are about to begin
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Massa, Bottas, Vergne and Hulkenberg follow, with Grosjean yet to post a flyer
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Alonso is two seconds down on Hamilton in fifth
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Rosberg is just behind Vettel in third, with Ricciardo occupying fourth
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Vettel did the same after posting his time
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Replays show Grosjean running wide at the first corner
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Hamilton storms clear by six tenths of a second
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Vettel posts the first Q3 time, lapping in 1:54.981
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"We are expecting light rain to continue, nothing heavy," Rosberg is informed
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All drivers on Intermediates bar Bottas, Vergne and Hulkenberg
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Plenty of cars follow him out on track
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Vettel is the first driver to leave the pit lane
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Green flag. The final shootout begins
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Particularly impressive qualifying performances from Grosjean, who gives Lotus its first Q3 appearance of the season, and Toro Rosso driver Vergne
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Button complains of front tyre "shuddering" over the radio
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Out in Q2: RAI, BUT, KVY, SUT, MAG, PER
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Raikkonen cannot improve and also misses the cut
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Button fails to improve and drops out, as does team-mate Magnussen
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The Mercedes duo pit after their final runs
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Both McLaren drivers currently in the drop zone
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Grosjean now up to seventh, pushing Raikkonen out
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The chequered flag comes out, with lots of times to follow
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The Mexican's team-mate, Hulkenberg, goes seventh
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Perez can only go 14th in his Force India
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Vettel reduces the gap to 0.470 seconds
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Hamilton improves to 1:54.029
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Hulkenberg runs wide at Turn 11, covering his tyres in white paint
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The track is getting better minute by minute
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All drivers are putting on fresh sets of Intermediates
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Hamilton holding an advantage of 0.688 seconds at the front
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He continues without picking up any damage
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Replays show Vettel going off at Turn 1 after improving
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Vettel splits the Mercedes drivers with his latest lap
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Grosjean also has a moment through Turn 13
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Alonso and Perez both run wide at the second corner
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Mercedes team-mate Rosberg is second, with Alonso third
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Hamilton leads the early stages of Q2 with a 1:54.200
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All drivers on Intermediates so far
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Sutil is the first driver out for Sauber
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Green flag. Q2 gets underway
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At the front, Hamilton comfortably led the session from Hulkenberg and Vettel
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Kvyat went ninth with his final flyer, edging out Magnussen and Vergne
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Out in Q1: GUT, KOB, BIA, ERI, CHI, MAL
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Hulkenberg goes second in the Force India
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Vergne leaps to ninth with an improved time
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Kvyat goes 12th, while team-mate Vergne is under pressure
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The chequered flag comes out, with lots of times on the way
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Sutil makes a sizeable improvement and goes 11th
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Hamilton goes quickest on 1:55.516
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Force India also makes the call to switch to the Intermediate rubber
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The Frenchman is on the brink of making it through to Q2
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Bianchi had been on a strong lap, but ran wildly wide at the final corner
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The Marussia and Sauber drivers have put on Intermediates, joining the Caterham duo
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Vettel jumps clear with a 1:55.926
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Replays show Alonso running wide at the final two corners
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Button sneaks into the top 10 positions
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Vettel goes third, joining the Mercedes drivers in the 1m56s
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"Traction is very poor with this tyre," reports Ricciardo
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Perez has a moment at Turn 6, but continues without major drama
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Alonso is up to third, just ahead of Red Bull duo Ricciardo and Vettel
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Hamilton slots behind his Mercedes team-mate
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After an early flurry of times, Rosberg leads on 1:56.351
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"We don't have telemetry right now," Rosberg is informed
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Lotus confirms that Maldonado will not be running due to an engine issue
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Replays show Rosberg running off the track at Turn 6
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DRS is disabled in the wet conditions
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A mix of Intermediate and Full Wet tyres being used
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Plenty of other cars now following
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The Marussia drivers are the first to head out
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Green flag. Q1 begins at Shanghai
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Air and track temperatures are sitting at 14°C and 16°C respectively
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With just a couple of minutes to go, the rain is getting heavier...
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The Venezuelan is almost certainly out of qualifying before it starts
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Maldonado's car is split in two at the moment, following his FP3 stoppage
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The first comes along the back straight, with the second on the main straight
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There are also two DRS zones in place, controlled by separate detection lines
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As a reminder, Pirelli has brought its Soft (Yellow) and Medium (White) to China
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It's still damp as the grid-deciding hour approaches, with drizzle continuing
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Welcome to live coverage of qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix!