Vettel expects rain on Chinese GP race-day

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...

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.

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Jenson Button , Mark Webber , Fernando Alonso , Lewis Hamilton , Nico Rosberg , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Ferrari , Mercedes , McLaren