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Nic Ladds 18th Apr 2009 - 11:48

Red Bull's Vettel poised for F1 Shanghai victory after P1 qualification

Beaming 14/1-shot Sebastian Vettel claimed pole position for the first time since last year's Monza meeting in Shanghai on Saturday, setting up Red Bull Racing for the team's maiden Pole.

After only one flying lap in the final qualification session, the German's time of 1m 36.184s was enough to dramatically steal P1 from Australian team-mate Mark Webber & give each-way backers who were on the German at 14/1, something to celebrate.

Fernando Alonso managing to squeeze himself between the two right at the death of the final qualifying session, 33/1 showing a good return on the Spaniard, with the latest odds of 6/4 about the Renault leading driver managing a podium finish could lead to returns.

Pre-qualification favourite in the betting at 8/11, Jenson Button was positioned in fourth but found himself in P5 at the end of the Saturday sessions after Brawn GP team-mate Rubens Barrichello found the right amount of pace to push the Brit down a spot on the grid & share the second row with Rubens.

McLaren fans saw a glimmer of hope as World Champion Lewis Hamilton managed ninth for the British team, showing signs of improvement with their recently updated car but at only 16/1 in the latest betting, a Hamilton win is hardly a tempting back, the 10/3 about a Hamilton podium finish looking the more reasonable bet.

"It's good to be in the top 10 and I am satisfied because we are making progress. It is a step forward," said the 24-year-old Hamilton

"We want to be through to Q3 and we want to be moving forwards and we are doing that step by step. The team are working very hard not only here but back at base in England."

Ferrari struggled - again lacking any real performance with Felipe Massa in 13th place & team-mate Kimi Raikkonen a reasonable eighth on the grid.

Casting an eye over the outright betting for Sundays Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai, Sebastien Vettel & Jenson Button are considered the drivers with the highest probability of the win, sharing the 5/2 joint-favoritism.

Brawn's Rubens Barrichello is priced third in the betting for the Chinese victory at 9/2 with Renault's Fernando Alonso 13/2, possibly the most backable price in covering Sunday's action.

Brawn GP are still the favourites in the market for the weekend's Winning Constructer at 11/10 & would appear more than likely to have a fine weekend given their performance thus far in the season.

If you fancy a team/driver to have a particularly bad weekend in China, we have a market covering the "first retirement of the race" where Adrian Sutil & Giancarlo Fisichella are the unfortunate favourites in this market with odds of 8/1 - however with the many high octane spins which occur in F1 combined with the fragile body parts, this market could be anyone's.

The Chinese Grand Prix takes place on Sunday morning from 07:00 live on the BBC, and as the action starts, so does William Hill's betlive service where our in-running pricing service will keep you up to date with the latest goings on out on the track, so as the third race of the season starts, there's no reason for the betting to halt!


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