Raikkonen to start Chinese GP from front row

Renault powered Lotus F1 Team’s Kimi Raikkonen to a front row start in today’s qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix.

The 2007 world champion lines up in second position behind Lewis Hamilton after a dry, sunny qualifying session at the Shanghai International Circuit. Team-mate Romain Grosjean will start from sixth after the top 10 drastically reduced running in the final sector of qualifying to just one lap to extend tyre life for the race tomorrow.

Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel lines up in ninth after he aborted his main qualifying lap and did not set a time. Mark Webber meanwhile was eliminated in Q2 after running short of fuel on his qualifying lap due to a problem with the fuel bowser, which meant that the correct level of fuel was not delivered to the car. After qualifying the required amount of fuel was not subsequently available for a fuel sample and Mark’s times were disallowed and he will start from the back of the grid.

Williams F1 Team line up in 14th with Pastor Maldonado with Valtteri Bottas just behind in 16th. Caterham F1 Team’s Charles Pic and Giedo van der Garde start 20th and 21st respectively after the application of Mark’s penalty.