Chinese Grand Prix: Get Ready for a Great Race Tomorrow

Senthilkumar RajappanCorrespondent IApril 18, 2009

SHANGHAI, CHINA - APRIL 18:  Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Red Bull Racing celebrates taking pole position during qualifying for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at the Shanghai International Circuit on April 18, 2009 in Shanghai, China.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Well the picture says it all, Sebastial Vettel crossed the lines in the final moments to clinch the first pole for the team at the Shanghai Grand Prix in China. It was a good last minute effort by everyone in the top five including his mate Webber who held on to P1 for most of his time in the final Q3.

All eyes were on Button and Barichello looking to repeat an Australian and Malaysian GP here. But that was not to be. One great surprise here was Alonso making it to the front row at P2. Tomorrow will be a great day which will see the action start from the first corner and we will have more to see as the race progresses.

The day was perfect for a qualifying and teams don't see any rains coming on race day and this could augur well for making their strategies work.

Team RedBull seems to be on a roll and in all the qualifying they were very competitive. Webber was on top so too was Vettel, both complimenting each other.

The final lap was a close fought one with Barichello taking it off from the Webber. As everyone waited Button could not better the time. Both the Brawns will start at P4 and P5.

McLaren had Lewis fighting it out and could garner a respectable 9th on the grid. His team mate Heikki will start at 12. Bad day at office for Heikki though.

Williams were making good strides though they seem just short of performance when it matters, they have to work extra hard during the qualifying...Nico starts on 7th and Nakajima on 15th.

A forgetful day for Ferrari again, the nightmarish experience continues, with Massa not getting into Q3 and Kimi posting 8th fastest today. So too was BMW not fully upto the mark though they had KERS on both the cars, they could not make any difference. At 11 and 18 they will have to beat many cars to make it to the top.

As for Toyota, they seem to be making progress little by little, Trulli made up well, to start at 6th on the grid. Timo will have 5 place penalty for his gear box change.

STR too did a fair work today when Buemi pushed himself into the top ten.

Force India has been all rhetoric and no pace. Would at least like to see them little higher. (Indian Pride you see!)

As for Alonso, could this be a revival of fortunes for Renault? What will be the Brawn supremacy like for tomorrow's races? You are in for a great race tomorrow unless rain Gods decide to make it different.