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Lewis Hamilton fourth in Chinese Grand Prix qualifying

Hamilton fourth in Chinese GP qualifying
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Lewis Hamilton finishes fourth in qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix, unable to get to within a second of Ferrari rival Sebastian Vettel.

Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has finished fourth in qualifying ahead of the Chinese Grand Prix following an error-strewn session in Shanghai.

The reigning world champion struggled throughout, running wide at a number of corners and spinning 540 degrees on the exit of Turn 10.

Hamilton continued but was unable to get within a second of Sebastian Vettel, who headed a Ferrari one-two.

Kimi Raikkonen finished second, narrowly in front of Hamilton's Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas, while Red Bull duo Max Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo - who suffered a major engine failure - came fifth and sixth respectively.

McLaren's struggles continued, meanwhile, as Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne could only finish 12th and 13th, a week on from an emergency debrief after a disappointing showing in qualifying in Bahrain.

1. Sebastian Vettel (Ferrari)
2. Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari)
3. Valtteri Bottas (Mercedes)
4. Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
5. Max Verstappen (Red Bull)
6. Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull)
7. Nico Hulkenberg (Renault)
8. Sergio Perez (Force India)
9. Carlos Sainz (Renault)
10. Romain Grosjean (Haas)
11. Kevin Magnussen (Haas)
12. Esteban Ocon (Force India)
13. Fernando Alonso (McLaren)
14. Stoffel Vandoorne (McLaren)
15. Brendon Hartley (Toro Rosso)
16. Sergey Sirotkin (Williams)
17. Pierre Gasly (Toro Rosso)
18. Lance Stroll (Williams)
19. Charles Leclerc (Sauber)
20. Marcus Ericsson (Sauber)

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