In the Chinese Grand Prix qualifying, Red Bull, and Sebastian Vettel in particular, continued their inexorable march in this season’s F1, with the German once again claiming pole.
For the first time this season, however, he was not joined in the top spots by his Australian team mate Mark Webber, who struggled with the harder tyres assigned to him and lines up a lowly 18th on the grid.
No doubt this will be a decision his team will regret as regards the constructor’s standings as they were once again put under pressure.
The McLaren’s, as they have done for previous qualifying and races, showed well, and will start second and third on the grid, with Brit Jenson Button narrowly outpacing his compatriot Lewis Hamilton.
The remaining places in the top six were taken up by the Germany’s Niko Rosberg for Mercedes and the Ferraris of Spaniard Fernando Alonso and Brazil’s Felipe Massa.
It leaves Webber with a lot to do in tomorrow’s race to finish in the points, but such is the quality of the car Red Bull have built this year, he may find, with the right strategy and tyres, that moving through the field will be quite achievable.