Sebastian Vettel will start the Chinese GP from 11th on the grid, having been bumped out of the top 10 in the Q2 qualifying session in Shanghai. This was a major blow for the team, although Mark Webber set the fastest time of the session. Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher were second and third, ahead of the Saubers of Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi. Lewis Hamilton, Romain Grosjean, Kimi Raikkonen, Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso.
Out with Vettel went Felipe Massa, the two Williamses, the two Force Indias and Dan Ricciardo.