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Chinese GP qualifying photos

Nico Rosberg is quickest in final practice for Williams

Nico Rosberg is quickest in final practice for Williams after recovering from a nightmare start in Shanghai

Nico Rosberg ends up in the gravel in Shanghai

Rosberg ends up in the gravel near the pit lane after his installation lap. He is towed out, but returns to set the fastest lap

Toyota's Jarno Trulli

Jarno Trulli speeds past the grandstand at the Shanghai International Circuit - the Italian's Toyota is second quickest in final practice

Red Bull's Mark Webber

Red Bull drivers Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber (pictured) are first and second in the second qualifying session

Jenson Button will start fourth for the Chinese Grand Prix

In the top 10 shoot-out, early-season pace-setter Jenson Button is relegated to the second row. He starts fifth behind team-mate Rubens Barrichello

Sebastian Vettel

German prodigy Sebastian Vettel puts in a stunning qualifying effort to nail pole position with his one and only flying lap

Fernando Alonso gets the most out of his revamped Renault

Fernando Alonso gets the most out of his revamped Renault. They run without Kers and with a new diffuser and qualified in second

21-year-old Sebastian Vettel shines in his Red Bull

Vettel is the star of the day though, the exciting 21-year-old delivers Red Bull's first pole position in 74 Grands Prix

Fernando Alonso, Sebastian Vettel and Mark Webber grab the first three palces on the grid for the Chinese Grand Prix

So it's a new-look front row for the Chinese Grand Prix as the 2009 season of surprises continues...



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Vettel on shock pole for Red Bull
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Button surprised by Red Bull pace
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Button best as Hamilton improves
17 Apr 09 |  Formula 1
Chinese GP practice as it happened
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The row that has split F1
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