Sebastian Vettel continued his run of pole positions after setting the pace in Chinese qualifying. The German dominated the final session and took pole by a commanding 0.7s margin from Jenson Button after setting a new lap record at the Shanghai International Circuit.
Lewis Hamilton saved an extra set of option tyres for the race by making one less run in Q3 than his rivals but the Englishman was unable to do any better than third fastest. Hamilton though has clearly learned from his Malaysian woes and is now well positioned to have a strong race tomorrow with fresh tyres for each stint of the race.
Nico Rosberg set the pace in Q1 and will be very satisfied to have set the fourth fastest time ahead of the Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa.
Jamie Alguersuari and Sebastian Buemi both made it through to Q3 for Toro Rosso but both drivers took it very easy on their tyres in the final session clearly thinking in terms of positioning themselves for the race tomorrow.
Paul di Resta performed well to set the eighth fastest time, sandwiched by the Toro Rosso drivers. The Scot has started his Formula 1 career in fine form and is well placed for another points scoring position tomorrow.