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Summary

  1. Hamilton on pole, Vettel 2nd by 1,000th of a second from Bottas
  2. Mercedes and Ferrari swapping top times
  3. Giovinazzi crashes heavily, Verstappen out in Q1 with problem
  4. Get involved #bbcf1

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  1. Post update

    Genuinely starting to believe this could be one of the most exciting seasons in a long time and tomorrow's race promises to be an absolute belter - Vettel v Hamilton, Max at the back and the prospect of a bit of rain. Can't. Wait.

    Let's just hope the smog stays away.

    That's it from us, if you missed the race and want to see what happened then have a read of Andrew Benson's report.

    Set the alarm - 07:00 BST. This is a race you won't want to miss!

  2. Predict the Chinese GP top 10

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    Fancy a crack at predicting the top 10 for tomorrow's race? Then head here to do just that.

  3. Post update

    If yesterday's race wasn't shaping up to be exciting enough, look at where Max Verstappen is starting from - 19th.

    The lad loves an overtake. A repeat of Brazil 2016?

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    Jared Maobe:  This season is showing its Lewis Hamilton who is a great driver not car, even when Ferrari seems to have a better car now.

    Denislov Lietnev:  Perfect last lap from Hamilton to get pole and now they should get the strategy right for race day

    Josephat Okorafalse: I still believe Ferrari has a better race car. Can't wait for tomorrow 

  5. Post update

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    Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas who qualified third: "It is a real shame [to miss out on front row by one thousandth]. In the race tomorrow we are first and third and that is a good place to start. 

    "Lewis was strong today, Ferrari are always strong. We were always expecting it to be close and it will be the same tomorrow."

  6. Post update

    Toto Wolff says the 1,000th of a second that separated Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel is equal to 5.9cm. Incredibly close.

  7. 'It is more exciting than ever'

    And a final word from Lewis Hamilton, who is clearly very excited about the potential battle he has on his hands: "We are really fighting these guys. It’s amazing. It is what racing is all about. It pushes you to have to raise the bar."

    Lewis Hamilton
  8. Post update

    More Lewis Hamilton:  "It has been an interesting weekend so far. Today was a real challenge we had to compile a lot of yesterday's testing into this morning and hope we hit the nail on the head with the balance of the car.

    "Ferrari looked so fast. I managed to chip away, session to session, the last lap was my best which is always the plan."

  9. Post update

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    Lewis Hamilton: "We knew it would be close. We knew we'd need a perfect lap. Very, very happy and super grateful to the team.

    "It's more exciting than ever fighting these guys. It's amazing."

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    Max-Well-Made-It : Get in Lewis!!! Get strategy right tomorrow and should be a good weekend

    Kai:  Going to be a great season

    Amit Mandalia:  F1 imagine if tomorrow is wet... now that would be an exciting race

    Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
  11. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton certainly knows his way around the Shanghai International Circuit. He has taken pole position in six of the last 11 races.

    
          Lewis Hamilton qualifies on pole position for the 2007 Chinese Grand Prix
    Image caption: Lewis Hamilton qualifies on pole position for the 2007 Chinese Grand Prix
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    App users may need to click on the above to view a tweet about Hamilton's recent pole position record.

  13. Post update

    Lewis Hamilton now has 63 career pole position, putting him within two of Ayrton Senna's record and five of Michael Schumacher's.

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    Reece Young:  Lewis Hamilton absolutely stunning. Looked behind but he always pulls it out of the bag. Absolutely smashed it

    Babatunde Sakiru: Lewis is magnificent, using his driving skills to relegate Sebastian. What a hot lap!!!

    Rimal: The start is going to be crucial tomorrow - turn 1 could have contact.

  15. Post update

    While Lewis Hamilton gets weighed Sebastian Vettel has a right old nosey at Hamilton's car.

    That is the Briton's sixth pole position in a row and sixth in China. Very much the king of qualifying.

  16. Post update

    Mark Gallagher

    BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

    Vettel only 0.001 of a second faster than Bottas!

    That was crucial. I think Ferrari and Vettel will be happy with that performance.

    They have a great race car and Mercedes will be aware of that.

  17. Qualifying top 10

    1) Hamilton 2) Vettel 3) Bottas 4) Raikkonen 5) Ricciardo 6) Massa 7) Hulkenberg 8) Perez 9) Kvyat 10) Stroll

  18. Post update

    Mark Gallagher

    BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

    It is a terrific sixth pole for Hamilton here but he will absolutely know he has a race on his hands.

    He will be happy with that because Lewis likes a fight.

    Lewis Hamilton
  19. Post update

    Sebastian Vettel does a 1:31.864 to go P2, not enough to deny Lewis Hamilton but a great time and a great position on the track. He beat Valtteri Bottas by just one thousandth of a second.

    So close.

  20. Chequered flag

    LEWIS HAMILTON SECURES POLE POSITION FOR THE CHINESE GRAND PRIX.

    Lewis Hamilton