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Chinese Grand Prix 2024: Max Verstappen on pole with Lewis Hamilton 18th

Max Verstappen was in imperious form as he took pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix, leading Sergio Perez to a Red Bull one-two.

Fresh from winning the first sprint race of the season earlier, Verstappen was 0.322 seconds clear of Perez.

The Mexican pipped Fernando Alonso's Aston Martin by 0.166secs with McLaren's Lando Norris and Oscar Piastri next.

Lewis Hamilton had a dire day, qualifying 18th.

His Mercedes team-mate George Russell was eighth behind Ferrari's Charles Leclerc and Carlos Sainz.

Hamilton - who made a mistake in the hairpin, running wide and costing himself some time - said he had made "massive" set-up changes to his Mercedes after finishing second to Verstappen in the sprint race.

"I'll give it my best shot - 18th is pretty bad," Hamilton said. "When I was making the set-up changes, I was like: 'It can't get any worse, surely.' And it did!"

Red Bull looked in a world of their own all day, even though Perez came close to being knocked out at the end of the first session after being caught up with traffic.

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