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Summary

  1. Bottas takes pole, Hamilton 2nd, ahead of Ferraris
  2. Sunday's race on BBC Sport website and 5 live at 07:10 BST
  3. Albon out of qualifying after big crash, Giovinazzi out

Live Reporting

By Niamh Lewis

All times stated are UK

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  1. See you tomorrow

    Build-up from 05:30, race start 07:10 BST

    Valtteri Viktor Bottas is our Viktor of the day.

    If you were up at 03:00 for final practice, then get yourself off to a deck chair for a snooze.

    See you tomorrow bright and early.

    You can listen to the Chequered Flag podcast with Bernie Ecclestone.

    Place your vote on your greatest F1 race, in 1,000 of them.

    Read Andrew Benson's report.

    If you're missing Jack Nicholls, you can catch him commentating on the Rome ePrix from 14:30 BST on the BBC Red Button and the BBC Sport website.

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  2. Valtteri Viktor Bottas

    Today the Finn has won is seventh career pole position, and he leads by one point in the drivers championship... the same point that he won for the fastest lap in Melbourne.

  3. Post update

    Christian Horner says on Pierre Gasly's performance: "We have to race harder tomorrow. A solid qualifying from Pierre he made it into Q3 with only one run in Q2, and he didn't get the chance on the last lap but there's a lot to take out of that for him."

  4. Disappointing for Alfa

    A disappointing day for Alfa Romeo. They had a promising start to the season finishing P7 and P11 in Bahrain, and P8 and P15 in Melbourne.

    Raikkonen starts P13 tomorrow, while Giovinazzi only ran two laps in qualifying before withdrawing with engine problems.

    Kimi Raikkonen
  5. 'Massive swings in performance between team-mates'

    Mercedes team principal, Toto Wolff says: "It couldn't have gone any better, the Ferraris squeezed it all out at the end - I'm happy. The car looks good in terms of downforce level. And for Valtteri - like in Melbourne - its unbelievable.

    "We are seeing these massive swings in performance between team-mates and it's making it interesting - the same with Leclerc and Vettel – it looks like Leclerc was dominating in Bahrain and now Sebastian is the quickest."

  6. Mad Max

    His final lap at the end of Q3 was scuppered, and here's why...

    Team boss Christian Horner said: "Max was in a good position and then Seb came around the outside, Max held back to not get in his dirty air and he didn't make it to the line in time."

    Max Verstappen says: "I was trying to follow the Ferrari in front of me and trying to overtake him, this time it caught me out and I'm not happy about that but it will swing around and it's annoying because we could’ve fought for third today.

    Everyone in front of me is starting with the same tyres so we’ll see what happens in the race. For sure we’ll try to get a podium."

    The last thing anyone wants, particularly Vettel in P3, is a mad Max Verstappen lining up behind them...

  7. Bottas' first pole since Sochi 2018

    His first pole position in China, compared to Hamilton's six poles and five wins in China.

  8. Post update

    Pierre Gasly, who finished P6 in the Red Bull says: "I’m not satisfied with my driving - I'm still struggling with the car, with the traction to put the power down and I feel like I'm fighting with the car.

    "I need to change my driving style a bit, and with the team we can make it a bit better for me. I’m fighting more and I'm quite aggressive with the way I get on the power which doesn’t help with that car."

  9. 'Bloody quick'

    Sebastian Vettel, who starts on the second row tomorrow says: "Yeah, it was a good session - there was a tiny bit more but overall not enough to beat these guys today.

    "They look bloody quick in the corners - if we get close we could have an advantage in a straight line."

    Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel
  10. Vettel takes the reins

    Charles Leclerc, who finished P4, 0.318 sec behind his team-mate says: "It's good but it's also disappointing because there was the potential to do more today."

  11. 'I kept pushing'

    Lewis Hamilton, who qualified in second, says: "I didn't give up, I kept pushing right until the end.

    "Big congratulations to Valtteri, he's been stellar all weekend. I've been struggling and fighting the car all weekend.

    "We've been chipping away, I'm much happier as at one point it was eight tenths. To be as close as we were at the end is fantastic.

    "It's an incredible result for the team. There was a little bit more time left on the table but I'll try and again tomorrow.

    "[Ferrari] are particularly quick on the straights but it's evident this weekend we've managed to pull some performance from the corners, so just great work from the guys back at the factory."

    Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel
  12. 1,000 F1 races - VOTE

    This weekend's Chinese Grand Prix is Formula 1's 1,000th race.

    There have been many ups and downs, thrills and spills over the years but which of the previous 999 grand prix was best?

    Pick your favourite here.

    And we'll reveal the winner before Sunday's race.

    Ayrton Senna 1993
  13. Our 'Viktorious' pole sitter

    Valtteri Bottas says: "It's been a good weekend so far - I felt really comfortable in the practice, but honestly I struggled in Q3 to get a perfect lap.

    "The lap was ok, not completely how I wanted it but it was good enough for pole and the car has been good enough this weekend and Lewis has improved today too.

    Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas
  14. No good news for Red Bull

    Both of Red Bull's final laps were scuppered there, as Verstappen said on his radio, along with a lot of expletives: "nah mate, I’m finished", whilst cutting across his team-mate Pierre Gasly.

    They start P5 and P6 tomorrow.

  15. Post update

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  16. Radio message

    Engineer: "Well done, let's finish the job tomorrow."

    Bottas: "That's what I like to hear."

  17. Valtteri Bottas is on pole

    Hamilton narrowly misses out, Leclerc and Verstappen just weren't fast enough. The Finn took the top spot by 0.023 secs.

  18. 'Gap closing between Ferrari and Red Bull'

    Jolyon Palmer

    Former Renault driver on BBC Radio 5 live

    This is Australian qualifying all over again.

    Mercedes are in a league of their own, four tenths clear.

    The gap behind is so close between the Ferraris and Max Vertsappen but they're all trailing the Mercedes.