Vettel takes pole for Red Bull as F1 champ Lewis Hamilton qualifies ninth for Chinese Grand Prix

PUBLISHED: 10:02 18 April 2009 | UPDATED: 22:10 26 October 2009

Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow's race in ninth place (Picture: www.mclaren.com)

Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow's race in ninth place (Picture: www.mclaren.com)

REIGNING F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has qualified in ninth place on the grid for tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix. It is the 24-year-old Tewin race ace's best qualification so far this season in his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, which is sporting a new re

REIGNING F1 world champion Lewis Hamilton has qualified in ninth place on the grid for tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix.

It is the 24-year-old Tewin race ace's best qualification so far this season in his Vodafone McLaren Mercedes, which is sporting a new rear diffuser.

Despite an updated car for this grand prix, his flying lap in the final qualifying session was still somewhat off the pace.

He clocked a time 2.4 seconds slower than Sebastian Vettel, who claimed a first ever pole position for the Red Bull team.


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