On our side, I think we were able to improve the vehicle from where we were yesterday so I'm reasonably happy with that, but not entirely happy.
But it's Bottas and Hamilton who own the corners and the Mercedes pair finished on the front row in qualifying. "I was obviously pushing trying to find the limits, but it should have been in qualifying rather than FP3". It's always a little bit loose and normally you can recover it, but this time I was a bit greedy with the throttle. He tried to regain control but ploughed into a wall near the pit lane, with parts of the vehicle scattered across the track.
"The race is long, we will take it from there into the race tomorrow". "I think he is experienced enough to learn what's important for the future, and forget the rest".More news: Lomachenko: I Want a Fight With Mikey Garcia, I Want Titles
The Mercedes machines were dominant, with the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel, third, and Charles Leclerc, fourth, three tenths a second slower, surrendering their speed advantage in Bahrain a fortnight ago. After leading the first round of quick laps in Q3 from team mate Hamilton, his second attempt saw him increase his advantage over the most successful qualifier in Formula 1 history to claim his first pole position since Sochi previous year by a margin of just 0.023s.
Alexander Albon had a major crash in final practice. I think we had a good session.
"They are bloody quick in the corners!" the German said when Brundle suggested the Ferrari's straightline speed could help them on Sunday. Fifth was Red Bull's Max Verstappen and sixth, his teammate Pierre Gasly.
Vettel led the grid in the opening practice session at the Shanghai International Circuit, but Mercedes have dominated in China ever since.More news: Robert Kraft's Lawyers In Court To Fight Release Of "Rub & Tug" Footage
"We had to stop for further checks on something on the oil", said Leclerc.
"I'm actually quite happy I managed that final attempt as it was quite marginal with time".
Hamilton was second fastest in the morning but struggled in the afternoon. "The vehicle has the pace in it to compete at the front, we just need to find the right set-up".
McLaren's Lando Norris was eliminated during the second phase for the first time in his short career.More news: Ariana Grande shares brain scan and opens up about PTSD
Team mate Russian Daniil Kvyat rounded out the top 10.