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Hamilton claims pole spot in China
19 Apr 2014 09:09
Lewis Hamilton claimed the 34th pole position of his Formula One career ahead of Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.
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In miserable conditions at the Shanghai International Circuit as rain and leaden skies dominated, and with temperatures at only 14 degrees centigrade, Hamilton sizzled in his Mercedes and left his rivals standing.
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It is the 29-year-old's third pole in four races this season, and now makes him the most successful Briton over one lap in F1, taking him past the legendary Jim Clark.
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The rain at least provided more of a level playing field for Red Bull as they have so far fared well in such conditions, as was the case in qualifying in Australia and Malaysia when they ran Mercedes close.
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Behind Hamilton will be Red Bull duo Daniel Ricciardo and four-time champion Sebastian Vettel, the pair 0.6secs and 1.1secs adrift respectively, such was the former's dominance.
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