Sebastian Vettel drove a spellbinding lap for pole position in Shanghai, and immediately turned his eyes to the skies for Sunday's Chinese grand prix.

"If you look at the weather, it (the forecast) looks quite bad. It will rain, the only question is when," said the Red Bull driver, two tenths clear of his teammate and fellow front row sitter Mark Webber.

The 22-year-old German, however, warned that his team is "well armed" for either dry or wet weather.

Behind the Red Bulls, Ferrari (Fernando Alonso), Mercedes (Nico Rosberg) and McLaren (Jenson Button) all qualified within a tenth.

Lewis Hamilton, another fraction of a second behind in sixth place, had been the pacesetter throughout the initial segments of qualifying, and also on Friday afternoon, so was disappointed with just sixth.

"I really don't understand what was wrong with the car. We have to go and analyse it," said the 2008 world champion.

Button hinted that McLaren might share Vettel's views about the weather on Sunday.

"The setup we have for the car is probably better for the wet conditions," he said.

FULL RESULTS

 

Pos

Driver

Team

Q1

Q2

Q3

1

Sebastian Vettel

RBR-Renault

1:36.317

1:35.280

1:34.558

2

Mark Webber

RBR-Renault

1:35.978

1:35.100

1:34.806

3

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

1:35.987

1:35.235

1:34.913

4

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes GP

1:35.952

1:35.134

1:34.923

5

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

1:36.122

1:35.443

1:34.979

6

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

1:35.641

1:34.928

1:35.034

7

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

1:36.076

1:35.290

1:35.180

8

Robert Kubica

Renault

1:36.348

1:35.550

1:35.364

9

Michael Schumacher

Mercedes GP

1:36.484

1:35.715

1:35.646

10

Adrian Sutil

Force India-Mercedes

1:36.671

1:35.665

1:35.963

11

Rubens Barrichello

Williams-Cosworth

1:36.664

1:35.748

 

12

Jaime Alguersuari

STR-Ferrari

1:36.618

1:36.047

 

13

Sebastien Buemi

STR-Ferrari

1:36.793

1:36.149

 

14

Vitaly Petrov

Renault

1:37.031

1:36.311

 

15

Kamui Kobayashi

BMW Sauber-Ferrari

1:37.044

1:36.422

 

16

Nico Hulkenberg

Williams-Cosworth

1:37.049

1:36.647

 

17

Pedro de la Rosa

BMW Sauber-Ferrari

1:37.050

1:37.020

 

18

Vitantonio Liuzzi

Force India-Mercedes

1:37.161

 

 

19

Timo Glock

Virgin-Cosworth

1:39.278

 

 

20

Jarno Trulli

Lotus-Cosworth

1:39.399

 

 

21

Heikki Kovalainen

Lotus-Cosworth

1:39.520

 

 

22

Lucas di Grassi

Virgin-Cosworth

1:39.783

 

 

23

Bruno Senna

HRT-Cosworth

1:40.469

 

 

24

Karun Chandhok

HRT-Cosworth

1:40.578

 

 

 

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