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Formula One: Hamilton storms to British record 34th pole in China GP qualifying

Published on Apr 19, 2014 5:00 PM

SHANGHAI (AFP) - Lewis Hamilton put himself in line on Saturday to win a third race in a row for the first time in his career, when he convincingly took pole position for Sunday's Chinese Grand Prix.

Under steady rain, the British Mercedes driver was untouchable as he powered to 1min 53.860sec, his third pole position in four races this season and more than half-a-second ahead of Daniel Ricciardo.

Australian driver Ricciardo again out-qualified his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel, the four-time defending world champion, who was third in 1:54.960.

Hamilton's team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg could only manage fourth place in the slippery conditions, as he ran wide on the last bend of his final flying lap and spun spectacularly.

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