Hamilton earns F1 pole in China
Hamilton on pole
SHANGHAI — Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton took the pole position for Formula One's Chinese Grand Prix.
Hamilton's best time Saturday was 1 minute, 34.484 seconds, a quarter of a second ahead of Lotus' Kimi Raikkonen. Ferrari's Fernando Alonso qualified third for the race, which was held overnight (see sports.tampabay.com for the result).
McLaren's Jenson Button and Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel elected to do their flying lap on the harder of the two tire compounds, sacrificing grid position so they could have a longer stint at the race's beginning. Button qualified eighth, and Vettel, the three-time defending world champion, was ninth.