Lewis Hamilton's love of the Shanghai International Circuit continues to show no bounds as the reigning Formula One champion again claimed pole position for the China GP.
Hamilton now has a record five poles to his name at the track, and three in succession, to take his tally to 41 overall in his career.
The 30-year-old Briton finished just 0.042secs ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg to give the team another front-row lock out.
Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, a surprise winner last time out in Malaysia, will start third, albeit down by nine tenths of a second on Hamilton.
F1 in 2015: 3 GPs, 3 poles for Lewis Hamilton. The previous driver to claim pole in first 3 GPs was Vettel in 2011 (4).
A spectator has been arrested in Shanghai after running across the start-finish straight as cars were speeding down during a Formula One free practice session.
The man crossed over safely and hopped over a wall into the pitlane before being apprehended by track officials. Eye witnesses claim he ran into Ferrari's garage demanding to test one of their cars.
Lewis Hamilton fended off Kimi Raikkonen to claim the bragging rights over his rivals in the practice session but the Finn's Ferrari showed enough pace to worry Mercedes.
"Generally the car was feeling good and it was nice to get the running and the preparations. Hopefully that will stand me in good stead," Hamilton told the BBC.
"The Ferraris look like they were as quick as they were in Malaysia, but hopefully we're quicker."
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Sebastian Vettel took the win in Malaysia, with Lewis Hamilton finishing second.
Lewis Hamilton will start the Malaysian Grand Prix on pole position after finishing fastest in qualifying. Sebastian Vettel will start second on the grid with Nico Rosberg third.
Renault are considering quitting Formula One if they feel they are not gaining enough from being in the sport.
Managing director Cyril Abiteboul has warned that this is the case after getting involved in a public spat with Red Bull.
I can confirm we are looking at a lot of options, including getting out of Formula One.
Honestly, if F1 is that bad for Renault's reputation, if we see we struggle with the current formula, if F1 is not delivering value (compared to) what it costs Renault - bearing in mind when you are an engine supplier you have no financial incentive to develop and to fund engine development - this is what we are looking at.
Obviously we think we are a credible player in the sport, but we want to compete amongst the best brands.
Formula One is good to meet and plan as a brand, so we need to think about what else we can do to what we are doing.
If you do that, and this is an open market, we have the capacity to have discussions with lots of parties, but for the time being the focus is on engines.
Formula One driver Nico Rosberg has revealed he wears a woman's sanitary towel on his head during racing.
Rosberg, Lewis Hamilton's team-mate at Mercedes, said he has started putting the 'sort of headband' inside his helmet to stop sweat trickling down his eye while driving.
I have an issue with my eye when I sweat a lot so that is what the headband is for. Actually I do have sort of a headband in my helmet, it is my trick, but I can tell you.
I put a woman's... erm... what do you call them? The thing you put in your underwear. Sanitary towel - I put that on my forehead in my helmet to take up the sweat.
Rosberg currently trails team-mate Hamilton by seven points in the championship.
Sebastian Vettel has knocked back an invitation from Nico Rosberg to visit the Mercedes garage this weekend, fearing a PR stunt.
Rosberg and Vettel became involved in a spat during the post-Australian Grand Prix press conference which resulted in the Ferrari driver suggesting Mercedes should open up their garage at the Sepang International Circuit for an inspection of their cars in the wake of a dominant display at Melbourne's Albert Park.
Rosberg then invited Vettel, with the latter suggesting the debrief in the engineers' room for his visit.
Vettel has now knocked back any chance of a visit: "When I was joking with Nico in the press conference the deal was the invite was for all the paddock. Now it seems the invite has shrunk to just me.
"Initially I think it was called off by Niki (Lauda, Mercedes non-executive director) and Toto (Wolff, Mercedes motorsport boss).
"Now they've told (Rosberg) yes, so I think they are using it as a bit more of a PR thing rather than a proper invite, so the answer is no I won't be going."
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