Ricciardo 'came to life' after in-race change

Lewis Hamilton celebrates claiming pole position in Shanghai for the 2017 Chinese Grand Prix

Ricciardo was content with the set-up of his vehicle after improvements following Saturday morning's free practice session, insisting the lack of grip was to blame for the deficit to the top two teams.

"As a result, and following an inspection by the FIA medical team yesterday afternoon, the FIA is satisfied that the Ruijin Hospital will not only be easily accessible in all weather conditions, but will also be able to provide the required care".

Television helicopters continued to hover above the circuit throughout. Haas racers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean spun at Turn 9 and Renault driver Niko Hulkenberg ended up in the gravel after spinning on Turn 3.

Red Bull driver Max Verstappen had the fastest lap time of the abbreviated morning session.

"I think he's been a real breath of fresh air for everyone so obviously he's got a great following and he's definitely been in some great situations in some races and really maximised above and beyond in those, which is why he gets driver of the day".

"After the first pit stop I had good balance and speed which meant I could claw some time back and close the gap to the leaders." .

"I understand the reasons behind not running, the weather simply meant the helicopter couldn't fly and that is integral to our safety in the case of an accident".

"For the fans it could be good tomorrow as everyone will be making up for lost time, so a lot of track action".

Having held off Sebastian Vettel for a little while, a lock-up let the Ferrari through and sparked an earlier second stop for Verstappen.

Hamilton crossed the track to the grandstands to wave at his cheering fans before throwing signed merchandise up to them. I've only done one lap on the 2017 wet tyres so far this year and, from what I could tell on that out-lap, they feel pretty similar to last year's so I don't have any particular worries over it.

The teams finally got to use Pirelli's slick tyres today, with Lewis Hamilton claiming pole on P Zero Red supersoft: topping qualifying after Michael Schumacher's all-time lap record from 2004 was already beaten in Q2. "We need to have a macro hospital, where we can take care of everything".

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