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Ricciardo's qualifying delight

Toro Rosso's laid-back Australian driver delivered a stunning result in qualifying in Shanghai
Saturday, April 13, 2013

April 13th, 2013 (AFP) - Toro Rosso's Daniel Ricciardo struggled to contain his delight Saturday after qualifying in seventh for the Chinese Grand Prix, the first time in nearly a year that he has been in the top 10.

The Australian was the surprise package of qualifying in Shanghai and he will start Sunday's race in the unusual position of seeing world champion Sebastian Vettel in his rear-view mirrors. Vettel was back in ninth.

"It's the first time since Bahrain (in April) last year that I've made it to the top 10, so that's nearly a whole year," said the 23-year-old.

"I am definitely looking forward to having a strong race tomorrow and will give it all I've got to make the most of this seventh place on the grid.

"I think it will be an exciting race and today, you could see that most of us waited until the last moments in Q3 to go out, with everyone thinking about saving tyres for tomorrow, as the options were having a hard time on a long run on Friday.

"This result will boost everyone's spirits, and mine as well and I really can't wait for the lights to go out tomorrow. The guys have been working so hard back at the factory and they've made the car quicker, so well done to
 everyone."

Lewis Hamilton stormed to his maiden pole position for Mercedes.

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1 Lewis Hamilton 384
2 Nico Rosberg 317
3 Daniel Ricciardo 238
4 Valtteri Bottas 186
5 Sebastian Vettel 167
6 Fernando Alonso 159
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2 Red Bull Racing 405
3 Williams F1 320
4 Ferrari 214
5 McLaren 187
6 Sahara Force India 152

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2
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