Chinese GP: final starting grid after Mark Webber punishment
|Saturday, April 13th 2013, 13:28 GMT|
Mark Webber's unsurprising demotion to the back of the field is the only revision to the Chinese Grand Prix starting order following Shanghai qualifying.
Although the Australian was still credited with 14th place after the fuel pressure problem that stranded him out on the circuit in Q2, he immediately conceded that his Red Bull was unlikely to have sufficient fuel to provide the mandatory one-litre sample to the FIA.
This was duly confirmed shortly afterwards, meaning Webber drops to last.
Lewis Hamilton starts on pole for the first time in his Mercedes career, ahead of Kimi Raikkonen's Lotus and Fernando Alonso's Ferrari.
But the intriguing element is at the foot of the top 10, where Jenson Button and Sebastian Vettel can start on the longer-lasting medium tyres rather than the very short-life softs having opted out of the pole battle.
Pos Driver Team/Car 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 2. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 3. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 5. Felipe Massa Ferrari 6. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 7. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 8. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 9. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 10. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 11. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 12. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 13. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 14. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 15. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 16. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 17. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 18. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 19. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 20. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 21. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 22. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault
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