How Lewis Hamilton’s pole lap cost Niki Lauda €10
Will he be taking it out of Lewis' wages?
Saturday was a good day for Niki Lauda after his driver Lewis Hamilton secured pole position for Mercedes ahead of tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix.
It was the Silver Arrows' 75th pole from a total of 150 grand prix as an entrant - an incredible 50 per cent rate of Saturday success.
But the stunning lap from Hamilton - which was less than two tenths quicker than Sebastian Vettel in second - actually ended up costing Lauda some cold hard cash.
The Mercedes chief was convinced Ferrari had the measure of the Mercs today and told Sky Sports: 'I made a bet with Toto [Wolff], €10 on Vettel! He really looked quick in the car, everything was right.
'But Lewis, thank god, put out one of his special laps. For Bottas to be one thousandth of a second third - I'm sorry but it's close.'
The question now is whether Niki will take it out of Lewis' next pay packet...
The full quali results are below plus click this link to read about how it all went down this morning in Shanghai --> bit.ly/2oNdynu
*Jolyon Palmer and Romain Grosjean were both handed five place grid penalties for failing to slow under double waved yellows, and will start from the back of the grid.