2011 Chinese Grand Prix qualifying pictures

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Sebastian Vettel recorded his 18th career pole position in Shanghai.

And there were some stand-out performances from Paul di Resta and the Toro Rosso drivers, who all qualified in the top ten.

Take a look back at qualifying and the final practice session with this selection of pictures.

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Images ?? Ferrari spa/Ercole Colombo, McLaren, Getty Images/Red Bull, Force India F1 Team, Sauber F1 Team, Team Lotus, Virgin Racing, Motioncompany, Pirelli

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31 comments on “2011 Chinese Grand Prix qualifying pictures”

  1. Whats with the Ferrari like race suits of the McL boys?
    Santander/Vodafone influence i guess.

    1. It’s one of a series of special race suits the McLaren drivers are wearing this year to mark their 30 years of being sponsored by Hugo Boss. They had a special design in Malaysia too:

      Lewis Hamilton, Martin Whitmarsh, McLaren, Sepang, 2011

      1. The suits are designed by the fans in a competition, each race having a different one. It’s an awesome idea, but the editor on the website is pretty weird…

        1. What did they wear in Australia?

          1. Thanks, but what was on the back of it. In Malaysia it was a tiger and in china it is a dragon. I was wondering what Australia was. A Kangaroo?

        2. The Last Pope
          16th April 2011, 19:46

          From behind the Mclaren drivers look like they have been run over cartoon style, leaving tyre tread marks :D

  2. Mark Webber, Virgin, Shanghai, 2011

    I knew he would have changed team!

    1. That would explain why he is 18th.

    2. Laranja Mecanica
      16th April 2011, 13:57

      or that he’s still a virgin?!?

  3. I like the red suits. I prefer the usual ones but nevertheless, a bit of colour :)

    1. When in car they look similar to the Ferrari ones.

  4. happy birthday paul :)

  5. And again!

    Thanks for the beautifull pictures Keith! I have a better view from my desktop than the people on the grandstand that paid a lot of ¥’s

    1. beautiful*

  6. You could be forgiven for thinking that this is A1GP.

    Williams have Venezuela written on there car.
    Sauber have Mexico written on there car.
    Lotus have Malaysia written on there car.
    Ferrari have Italy written on there car.
    Force India have India written on there car.
    HRT have Spain written on there car.
    McLaren are basically a British team.
    Mercedes are basically a German team.

    That only leaves Red Bull, Toro Rosso, Virgin and Renault.

    1. McLaren are basically a British team.

      With German engines, Bahraini part-ownership and Kiwi heritage.

      I take your point about the number of teams with names of countries on them now, though.

      1. with two british drivers old chap i say i say cup of tea anyone

        1. With German engines, Bahraini part-ownership and Kiwi heritage.

          I under stand that it is Kiwi heritage but with the McLaren and the Mercedes I was kind of drawing a long bow in regards to the driver line ups, ie. Mercedes have two Germans and McLaren have two British. I knew that would confuse people when I wrote it. :)

          1. I knew that would confuse people when I wrote it.

            I wasn’t confused. McLaren is a British team with two British drivers, therefore you’re right.

          2. No confusion – I’m disputing it.

          3. No confusion – I’m disputing it.

            I’m not sure what you are disputing. I agree with you that they are not. The only reason I said it was the driver line up alone.

            I think they are about as British as Sir Jack Brabhams 1966 championship.

  7. Good picture(s) of the last three world champions, strangely in the order they got them. They all look relaxed around each other.

  8. love that head on shot of lewis. 3rd pic in. :D

  9. Look:
    Mark Webber’s official name for his number is “Driver Number 2”

  10. russ mckennett
    16th April 2011, 18:54

    The low camera angle on some of these photos are the BEST f1 pics Ive ever seen.(merc & ferrari)Fantastic across 2 monitors.
    Thanks for the effort.

  11. Here is the link to the Hugo Boss / McLaren competition for designing the McLaren drivers’ suits.


    1. The chance to design the suits for the British Grand Prix ends in 13 days. Get cracking!

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