Chinese Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel on pole with track record

Chinese Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel on pole with track record

Method 1 - F1 - Chinese Grand Prix - Shanghai, China - April 1-2, 2018 - RedBull Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen of Holland attends a press conference at the Shanghai International Circuit before this Chinese F1 Grandprix. "I know the title is not won and lost in two races, and the experiences of the last two grands prix strengthen you, but I don't want to fall any further behind".

In cold and windy conditions, the Silver Arrows appeared to be lacking grip and had no answer to the pace of the Ferraris, with Vettel taking pole with a time of 1:31.095, besting Raikkonen by just 0.087 secs.

"I said to him "look, the races are long and you threw your podium away".

And with Mercedes' poor decision-making on not pitting during the safety auto, Hamilton had no grip to defend Verstappen and Ricciardo, and subsequently finished fourth.

But the race took a second dramatic twist when the safety vehicle was deployed following a coming-together between the Toro Rosso pair of Brendon Hartley and Pierre Gasly on lap 31. I would say on my side but also us as a team, we've been underperforming, ' added Hamilton.

"I had no intention to resist because it was clear with Daniel [Ricciardo] as well that there was no point doing so". He wasn't there, so then you stay in front.

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With Verstappen apologizing for the incident, Vettel revealed what he said to the 20-year-old after the race but doesn't believe age plays a part in the incidents.

"He came up straight after".

"I didn't make any changes".

"I could see he was struggling on the tyres and tried to brake late in the corners", said the Red Bull driver. He was quite composed and realised that he messed up. You can go from being a dishwasher to a billionaire, and simply that thought is wonderful. They were also asking whether it's a question of age and so on - it's not. "He apologised. That can happen in racing".

Verstappen, on fresh soft tyres, attempted an overtake on the championship leader for third place at the hairpin on lap 43 but locked up, ramming into the Ferrari. "It was a tight session but I think again a great result for the team". "However, I appreciated the fact he came to me straightway because that's the way to solve things like this, face to face". I told him as well that this is the way to solve it: face to face and not - excuse me - through you [media] or blowing something up. It's not going the way I like of course, but does it really mean I have to calm down?

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