Chinese Grand Prix: Qualifying as it happened

Follow all the action from Qualifying at the Chinese Grand Prix live right here.

16:20 Thank you for joining us for what was a truly riveting qualifying session. Do join us again tomorrow for coverage of all the race-day action, and until then take care. Bye for now!

16:16 Daniel Ricciardo manages P5, but almost a second behind Raikkonen in P4.

16:12 Checkered flag! It’s all over! Lewis Hamilton charges to pole with a 1.31.678! Vettel settles for second place, just two tenths behind, with Bottas P3 and Raikkonen P4. The Briton’s lap was truly exceptional, with an effortless flow and elegance that always looked fast without ever crossing the limit. The Chinese crowd duly show their appreciation!

16:07 Order update as we enter the final few minutes..

16:05 Raikkonen, who is well down on the leaders, has complained about rear grip.

16:03 Hamilton sets the initial pace with a 1.31.902, with Vettel close behind on a 1.32.0. Bottas is P3 on a 1.32.2.

15:59 Green light! Fasten your seatbelts, it’s Q3 time!

15:56 A total of seven different teams will be represented in Q3, but only Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams have managed to send both cars through safely. Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen has broken the lap record for the circuit…

15:54 And here are the eliminated drivers for you. Great effort by Alonso for P13, but he just doesn’t have the tools to do the job. Sainz will be pretty gutted to miss out on Q3 while teammate Kvyat advances.

15:52 Checkered Flag! A whole flurry of activity at the end, as a late charge from Raikkonen sends him top by two tenths. Meanwhile, its a first-ever Q3 appearance from Lance Stroll, who just sneaks through in P10!

15:46 Order summary for you as we enter the final five minutes…

15:44 Handy effort from the Williams pair so far, with Massa in P6, only 2 tenths down on Ricciardo. Stroll is a further three tenths down on the Brazilian. Meanwhile, Alonso’s first effort is good enough for P11, two tenths behind Perez in P10.

15:39 The Ferrari and Mercedes duos have both set a hot lap, and its all nice and compact as Vettel, Hamilton, Bottas and Raikkonen (in that order) are separated by only 0.2 seconds. Ricciardo, in P5, is over a second slower than Vettel.

15:35 Green light, Q2 is a go!

15:33 Bad day for Max Verstappen. Red Bull have confirmed that the Dutchman’s RB13 suffered from engine software problems.

15:31 The Ferrari pair were the only drivers to use softs rather than supersofts in Q1, but with both of them easily through, it was an approach that paid off for the Italian outfit.

15:28 Against the odds, Alonso has managed to wrestle his car into P10 in Q1. Could the two-time world champion take part in Q3? Meanwhile, a further delay of five minutes has been announced.

15:25 The start of Q2 will be delayed by five minutes to allow for the debris to be removed.

15:23 The accident has removed the opportunity for others to improve their laps in the final moments.

15:20 Checkered Flag! But a disaster on the pit straight! Giovinazzi loses the Sauber on the exit of the final corner and goes barrelling into the wall! The Italian is technically through to Q2 in P15, but there’s no chance of his car being ready. His day is over. On a positive note, the youngster is uninjured and out of the car.

15:16 Little cheer from Fernando Alonso on the radio, but he is currently safe…

15:14 With only a few minutes left, here’s a reminder of the order for you…

15:12 Max Verstappen has been on the radio to complain about engine problems, and has pitted. The Dutch youngster is in trouble; there are only 6 minutes left and he hasn’t set a time yet…

15:10 Romain Grosjean has brought out the yellow flags, spinning on the main straight and ruining his new set of supersoft tyres in the process. Haas confirm over the radio that the Frenchman has a puncture. Meanwhile, Vettel leads the way with a 1.33.0, with Hamilton in P2 and Raikkonen P3…

15:06 Antonio Giovinazzi sets the opening lap of the session with a 1.35.4, he’s followed by teammate Marcus Ericsson on a 1.35.8, before Stroll sets a 1.35.1 to beat them both.

15:04 It will certainly be a qualifying session worth watching!

15:00 Green light, let’s get to it! Only the two Sauber’s rushing to get out as the track opens, though they are quickly joined by Lance Stroll.

14:50 Just a final reminder for you: there are only 20 cars on the grid for 2017, which means that we’ll lose only 5 cars in each of the first two segments of qualifying, rather than the 6 we lost last year.

14:45 15 minutes until the light turns green. It was Sebastian Vettel who set the pace for Ferrari in FP3, followed closely by teammate Kimi Raikkonen. Can the red cars fight for pole today?

14:40 As far as weather goes, things are pretty similar to this morning. Partly cloudy and dry, with a track temperature of 34 degrees and an air temperature of 22 degrees.

14:35 As qualifying nears, its worth reminding ourselves that Lewis Hamilton has a bit of a love affair with the Shanghai International Circuit. Will the Mercedes man grab pole again today, or will his rivals spoil the party?

14:25 Hello and welcome to FOX Sports Asia’s coverage of Qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix. If you were with us this morning for FP3, you’ll know that the teams were very busy trying to do as much preparation as possible for the upcoming session. Get ready, because the wheels start turning at the top of the hour!

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