Kimi Raikkonen unsure how he lost pole to Sebastian Vettel

Kimi Raikkonen unsure how he lost pole to Sebastian Vettel

With AP Photos.Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari will be on pole position for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix as he looks for his third straight victory to start the season.

The Mr. Vettel snatched Pole from his teammate Kimi Raikkonen at the last sec with a brilliant final lap of 1:31.095 to put him in 2nd, ahead of the MercedesAMG's Valtteri Bottas.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen accepted blame for a Chinese Grand Prix collision with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel on Sunday but rejected a suggestion that he might need to calm down his driving style.

"Ferrari have won the first two races and are in a strong position to win the third", he said.

Defending champion Hamilton was at a loss to explain his own lack of performance and accepted conditions on Sunday would make his job even more hard. He has won five times in China, including past year, and has taken pole six times on the Chinese circuit.

Daniel Ricciardo was the surprise victor of the Chinese Grand Prix as inspired tactics by his Red Bull Racing team and some ruthless overtaking gave the Australian victory in Shanghai. In full strength to the fight for pole moved Ferrari, Mercedes, Red bull and Renault. "So I'm really happy", Vettel said. I don't think necessarily I need to be less aggressive or anything because it's nothing to do with being overly aggressive but maybe wanting too much.

"It's good for the team and Daniel did a great job and I just made life a lot more hard for myself". Kevin Magnussen has made both Q3 sessions for one of 2018's surprise package, and while Romain Grosjean was impressive in Australia, he didn't even make it out of Q1 in Bahrain.

Verstappen was handed a 10-second penalty for the incident and finished fifth in the final standings, being demoted behind Lewis Hamilton, who he had overtaken again following the crash. They were just too fast on the fresh tyres, so I didn't want to compromise my race to the guys behind.

"I could watch him fighting on the tyres and strove to brake right into the corner and then secured a bit and hit him and that has been of course my error", Verstappen told Sky Sports television.

Kevin Magnussen was seventh for the USA -owned Haas team ahead of the other Renault of Spaniard Carlos Sainz.

Despite being given a tow by McLaren teammate Stoffel Vandoorne, Fernando Alonso failed to reach the top ten.

Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon are also level, with the Frenchman making up for his Melbourne deficit in the desert by making Q3 for a Force India team who have struggled to meet expectations. Vettel will certainly be hoping so - no driver has ever won the first three races in a championship season and gone on to lose the title...