Seabstian Vettel's pole leaves Lewis Hamilton trailing at Chinese Grand Prix

Many have begun speculating that the driver in question could be ex-team-mate Nico Rosberg

Many have begun speculating that the driver in question could be ex-team-mate Nico Rosberg

Following Sebastian Vettel's second win in a row to start the 2018 Formula One season, drivers and teams head to Shanghai International Circuit this weekend for the 2018 China Grand Prix, where Lewis Hamilton stands as the defending champ.

The Englishman has won five times in China - including a year ago - and will be looking for his first victory of the season on Sunday.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel has made a ideal start to the season when it comes to race victories and points - but that speed hasn't always been there in qualifying. "I think now after the second session in the afternoon, we know what to do, where to work on and hopefully we get it in the right window tomorrow".

"Honestly, I can't tell you if we can challenge". "It just kept getting better".

"It was okay, but not good enough", he said.

Vettel, like Hamilton a four times world champion, has won the first two races of the season and built up a 17-point lead over the Mercedes driver. Again, this can happen to you when you've done 300 races.

"I could see he was struggling on the tyres and tried to brake late in the corners", he said.

Vettel had led the race's first stint before losing out to Valtteri Bottas in the pitstop sequence. "If the vehicle works somewhere, it should work everywhere and I think we've been pretty consistent".

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The collision that saw the safety vehicle deployed was deemed to be Pierre Gasly's fault, and he was given a ten-second penalty. The top six drivers held their positions at the restart, with Bottas soon establishing a two-second lead over Vettel.

With Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo winning the race, champions Mercedes have now been beaten three races in a row for the first time in the V6 turbo hybrid era that started in 2014.

Behind F1's current big three teams, Nico Hulkenberg was the "best of the rest" for Renault F1 in seventh place with a lap 1.437 seconds slower than the pole position time.

Nico Hulkenberg secured his sixth successive P7 spot, with Sergio Perez placing his auto between the two Renaults in P8.

While 19 of the cars prepared to leave the garage at the beginning of Q1, Red Bull Racing mechanics were busy rebuilding Daniel Ricciardo's auto after he suffered a power unit failure a little over two hours earlier in free practice three.

Fernando Alonso beat Stoffel Vandoorne 16-3 in qualifying last season and has made another strong start in 2018.

The Haas of Kevin Magnussen was in 11th, ahead of Esteban Ocon's Force India.

Lance Stroll in P18 led the Sauber drivers, with Charles Leclerc, who nearly crashed his auto when he ran wide out of the last corner before his final lap, heading Marcus Ericsson by half a second.

"We're learning more about the vehicle and getting more from it", he said.

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