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Alonso: Ferrari still has big gap to close

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Fernando Alonso believes Ferrari still needs to improve its F138, despite qualifying third for the Chinese Grand Prix, after mixed results with its Shanghai upgrades.

The Spaniard took third, 0.3 seconds behind polesitter Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes, and outqualified team-mate Felipe Massa for the first time this season.

Raikkonen downplays Lotus’s pace

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Kimi Raikkonen believes Lotus does not really have to speed to be at the front of the Chinese Grand Prix field, despite qualifying second.

The Finn was beaten only by Lewis Hamilton’s Mercedes in Shanghai qualifying, beating the Ferraris and Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes to the outside front row spot.

Hamilton determined to stay in front

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Lewis Hamilton is hopeful he can score his first win with Mercedes in the Chinese Grand Prix after securing pole position for the Shanghai race on Saturday.

The Briton, who has switched from McLaren to Mercedes for this year, beat Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen to the top spot to secure his maiden pole with the German squad in just his third event with the team.