Result: Mercedes, Red Bull dominate Q2 at Chinese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton gives the thumbs up after securing pole postion in qualifying for the Belgium GP on August 24, 2013
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Mercedes and Red Bull occupy the top four places at the end of the second qualifying session at the Chinese Grand Prix, with Britain's Lewis Hamilton leading the way.

Mercedes star Lewis Hamilton remains the man to beat at the Chinese Grand Prix after going fastest in Q2.

The 29-year-old Brit, who was also quickest in the first qualifying session, was just under half a second faster than Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel.

It seems almost inevitable that either Red Bull or Mercedes will claim pole, with Nico Rosberg and Daniel Ricciardo having finished Q2 third and fourth respectively.

Kimi Raikkonen and Jenson Button have failed to make Q3, after finishing 11th and 12th respectively.

Full standings

1. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2. Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
3. Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
4. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
5. Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
6. Valtteri Bottas (Williams)
7. Romain Grosjean (Lotus)
8. Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso)
9. Felipe Massa (Williams)
10. Nico Hulkenberg (Force India)


11. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
12. Jenson Button (McLaren)
13. Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso)
14. Adrian Sutil (Sauber)
15. Kevin Magnussen (McLaren)
16. Sergio Perez (Force India)

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3Red Bull184
4Force India101
6Toro Rosso39
1Sebastian VettelFerrari202
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes188
3Valtteri BottasMercedes169
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull117
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari116
6Max VerstappenRed Bull67
7Sergio PerezForce India56
8Esteban OconForce India45
9Carlos SainzToro Rosso35
10Nico HulkenbergRenault26
11Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes23
12Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes18
13Romain GrosjeanHaas18
14Kevin MagnussenHaas11
15Fernando AlonsoMcLaren10
16Pascal WehrleinSauber5
17Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
18Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1
19Marcus EricssonSauber0
20Jolyon PalmerRenault0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
22Jenson ButtonMcLaren0
23Paul di RestaWilliams-Mercedes0