Valtteri Bottas will begin the 1000th World Championship race on pole after a brilliant performance in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix. The Finn edged out Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton, having shown better pace than the world champion all weekend.
Ferrari had been expected to hold a distinct advantage on Shanghai's long straights, but they were no match for the Silver Arrows.
Bottas topped FP2 and FP3 and showed fine pace through all the qualifying segments, taking pole from Hamilton by 0.023 seconds with a lap of 1:31.547.
Max Verstappen had the Red Bull between Ferrari at points in qualifying but will start fifth after running out of time to set a final flying lap in Q3, with teammate Pierre Gasly alongside him on row three, having made Q3 for the first time this year.
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