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Formula 1: Vettel snatches pole from teammate Raikkonen in China

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Scuderia Ferrari had its second consecutive front row lockout of the 2018 FIA Formula 1 World Championship season, with Sebastian Vettel nipping teammate Kimi Raikkonen to take the pole for Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix.

Raikkonen had been on the pole for much of Q3, and even bettered his own time on his final run, clocking in a time of 1:31.182. However, only seconds later, Vettel eclipsed that time by less than one tenth of a second, turning a 1:31.095 on his final run to grab the pole, setting a new lap record around the Shanghai International Circuit in the process.

The second consecutive all-Ferrari front row is the first time the team has achieved such a feat since 2006, at the U.S. Grand Prix and the French Grand Prix.

Mercedes AMG Petronas saw Valtteri Bottas and Lewis Hamilton qualify third and fourth, with neither driver able to get within range of the Ferraris at any point during qualifying and ultimately falling half a second behind them at the end of Q3.

Of note: Ferrari and Mercedes will start the race on the soft compound Pirellis – they used those tires during Q2, which locks in which tires teams will use to start the race. All other Top 10 qualifiers will start on the ultrasofts.

Red Bull Racing saw Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo qualify fifth and sixth, with the team making a herculean effort to get Ricciardo into qualifying after they had to make a power unit change following third practice. They were able to get Ricciardo out for Q1 with only a couple minutes remaining, giving him just enough time to turn in a lap good enough to advance him into Q2.

Renault Sport F1 Team’s Nico Hulkenberg was seventh, followed by Sahara Force India’s Sergio Perez in eighth. Carlos Sainz Jr. was ninth in the sister Renault, while Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean rounded out the Top 10.

Scuderia Toro Rosso’s Pierre Gasly, who finished fourth at the Bahrain Grand Prix last weekend, failed to advance out of Q1, qualifying 17th.

Results are below. Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix rolls off at 2:00 a.m. ET.

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Andretti United team names drivers for inaugural Extreme E season

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The Extreme E team formed by Andretti Autosport and United Autosports named Catie Munnings and Timmy Hansen as its drivers Monday for the series’ inaugural 2021 season.

Munnings is a successful veteran of rally series. Hansen is a past winner and champion in the World Rallycross Championship.

They both will race in the environmentally conscious electric SUV series that will hold events in five areas around the world that are threatened by climate change. Chip Ganassi Racing and six-time Formula One champion Lewis Hamilton also are fielding cars in Extreme E, which will feature male and female co-drivers on every team.

Catie Munnings

“I’m so excited to join Andretti United Extreme E,” Munnings said in a release. ““I was really intrigued when I first heard about Extreme E, I just knew I had to be involved. The male / female racing partnership is a fantastic and exciting new concept. The season has incredible locations and the racing will be very exciting. It will be a new challenge for the teams and drivers, and I’m so thrilled to be working with such a strong team.

“The championship is a really innovative concept, it’s combining motorsport and science and will produce an important legacy in each race location. Bringing the platform that motorsport has in line with the awareness that the planet needs right now is awesome and a really important message.”

Timmy Hansen

Said Hansen: “Going into the Extreme E will be a new chapter in my career, one that I am extremely excited about. It is something brand new, not only for me, but the whole of motorsport. The format is something

we’ve never seen before. I’m also delighted to be able to carry the message of something bigger – talking about the environment and doing something good for the world – that’s something that really drives me. It’s going to be a big adventure in life to see these locations and I’m going to do my best in carrying this responsibility and hopefully making people aware of the challenges we have in the world, together with our passion for racing.”