Updated: 04/19/2014 15:30 | By Agence France-Presse

Hamilton on pole for Chinese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton put himself in line Saturday to win a third race in a row for the first time in his career when he convincingly took pole position for Sunday's Chinese grand prix.


Hamilton on pole for Chinese Grand Prix

Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain drives on the back straight during the third practice session of the Formula One Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai on April 19, 2014 - by Mark Ralston

Under steady rain, the British Mercedes driver was untouchable as he powered to 1min 53.860sec, his third pole position in four races this season and more than half-a-second ahead of Daniel Ricciardo.

Australian driver Ricciardo again out-qualified his Red Bull team-mate Sebastian Vettel, the four-time defending world champion, who was third in 1:54.960.

Hamilton's team-mate and championship leader Nico Rosberg could only manage fourth place in the slippery conditions as he ran wide on the last bend of his final flying lap and spun spectacularly.

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