There would be just 19 cars for qualifying for the 2019 Chinese Grand Prix
after Albon's practice crash. Both Williams cars were out early in the
opening eighteen minute period and would complete their laps and would pit.
The track would become very busy as Vettel set a 1m:33.557 followed by
Leclerc, who had lost some time in traffic. Everyone was on the soft tyre
for their first runs as Raikkonen went third. Bottas would go quickest with
a 1m:32.658 followed by Hamilton and Vettel.
Kvyat was now 4th. Verstappen was now in 3rd ahead of Vettel. Hulkenberg was
now 5th followed by Grosjean, Kvyat, Magnussen, Ricciardo and Gasly 10th.
Leclerc had dropped to 11th. Both Williams drivers would complete a second
run on the soft tyre with Robert moving ahead of George. Giovinazzi would
not set a time joining Albon at the rear of the grid. The Williams drivers
were 17th and 18th adn out of qualifying.
The second period would see several drivers; both Mercedes, Ferrari and
Verstappen, all come out on the medium tyre. The rest of the top fifteen
were all on the soft tyre. First runs would see Bottas quickest from Vettel,
Leclerc, Verstappen, Hamilton, Gasly, Kvyat, Magnussen, Ricciardo,
Hulkenberg in tenth. Of the top drivers some would return on soft tyres and
with the end of the period it would be Hamilton quickest with a 1m:31.637
running on the medium tyre. Bottas was second followed by Vettel, Leclerc,
Verstappen, Gasly, Hulkenberg, Magnussen, Grosjean and Ricciardo tenth.
The final period of qualifying would see the first runs with Bottas quickest
from Hamilton, Vettel, Verstappen, Leclerc, Gasly, Hulkenberg, and
Ricciardo. Neither Haas car would run in the first runs. On the second runs
Bottas would retain his pole position as Hamilton could not improve. Vettel
and Leclerc were second and third followed by Verstappen, Gasly, Ricciardo,
Hulkenberg, Magnussen and Grosjean tenth. Sunday's race will see the
Williams drivers start from 17th and 18th with the option over the tyre they
will start the race on.