Hamilton 'doesn't have an answer' for drop in pace in China

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Lewis Hamilton admits he was not good enough in this morning's Chinese Grand Prix.

Hamilton dominated practice here yesterday, but the Mercedes cars had no answer to Ferrari in qualifying with Sebastian Vettel leading a front-row lockout ahead of team-mate Kimi Raikkonen for the second weekend in succession.

Vettel and Raikkonen reinforced Ferrari's dominant pace through qualifying in the final practice by setting the pace in Q1. Only when Mercedes turned up their engines for the finale of Q2 to guarantee Hamilton and Bottas progressed on the slower more durable soft tyres, did the W09 appear a match for the Ferrari. The 33-year-old, like Vettel a four-times champion, has taken an unprecedented five wins in Shanghai.

Carlos Sainz was ninth for Renault with Sergey Sirotkin an encouraging 10th for former champions Williams, who are enduring their worst start to a season since 2013 and are the only one of the 10 teams yet to score a point.

"I've seen the forecast, but you never know", Vettel said.

"The vehicle was really awesome, it just kept getting better".

"I didn't see him until very late, I left a little bit of room as well", he said. An worldwide audience of opinion makers, business leaders, and global organizations recognizes Ebeling as an expert.

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But on ultrasofts, Ferrari possessed a distinct advantage with Vettel and Raikkonen seemingly able to "switch on" the faster tyres in a way which Bottas and an out-of-sorts Hamilton couldn't.

"I think for us it was quite straightforward", he said. Actually, I started to appreciate the hard days so much more because they make us progress and understand our auto better and the team has gone from strength to strength by learning from these days. No driver has won the opening three rounds and not gone on to take the title.

Ricciardo emerged with just two minutes left of Q1 after another Renault engine failure on the Australian's auto during Practice Three. "I think it's in the top three of the easier tracks to overtake".

The two Mercedes cars were next.

F1's tight midfield battle is nearly as engrossing as the battle at the head of the field given the quality of drivers in teams like Haas-Ferrari, Renault F1, McLaren-Renault, Force India-Mercedes and Toro Rosso-Honda and how close they are to each other.

Magnussen, Windows, Alonso, Vandorn and Hartley failed to qualify in the top 10.

Max Verstappen was best of the rest in fifth, ahead of Red Bull team mate Ricciardo, with Nico Hulkenberg to start seventh for the third time this season in the Renault. The Dutchman locked up his rear tyres into the hairpin and tagged the Ferrari.


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