Drivers expect race day rain in Shanghai

Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing prepares to drive during qualifying for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit

Pole position winner Sebastian Vettel expects rain on race day

Apr.17 (GMM) Sebastian Vettel drove a spellbinding lap for pole position in Shanghai, and immediately turned his eyes to the skies for Sunday’s Chinese grand prix.

“If you look at the weather, it (the forecast) looks quite bad. It will rain, the only question is when,” said the Red Bull driver, two tenths clear of his teammate and fellow front row sitter Mark Webber.

The 22-year-old German, however, warned that his team is “well armed” for either dry or wet weather.

Behind the Red Bulls, Ferrari (Fernando Alonso), Mercedes (Nico Rosberg) and McLaren (Jenson Button) all qualified within a tenth.

Lewis Hamilton, another fraction of a second behind in sixth place, had been the pacesetter throughout the initial segments of qualifying, and also on Friday afternoon, so was disappointed with just sixth.

“I really don’t understand what was wrong with the car. We have to go and analyse it,” said the 2008 world champion.

Button hinted that McLaren might share Vettel’s views about the weather on Sunday.

“The setup we have for the car is probably better for the wet conditions,” he said.