The German lapped the 5.4-km Shanghai circuit in one minute, 31.095 seconds a track record to pip his Finnish team mate by a mere 0.087 seconds and take his 52nd career pole.
Saturday's pole was Vettel's second in three races this season and Ferrari's first in Shanghai since Brazilian Rubens Barrichello started the inaugural Chinese Grand Prix from the front in 2004.
He says Mercedes will use the dominant pace it showed at the season-opener in Melbourne as a pointer to the car's potential, and methodically come up with solutions rather than panicking.
Raikkonen, 38, who was last on pole in Monaco past year, lost out by just 0.087s, with Mercedes'Valtteri Bottas a staggering half a second off the pace in third as the reigning world champions struggled to get the ultrasoft tyre to work. The Finn duly picked up the baton to set the third quickest time but was 0.743 seconds off Vettel's pace.Red Bull'sMax Verstappen was fourth.
On a chastening day for the team which has dominated F1 for the past four years, Mercedes were soundly beaten, the Silver Arrows half a second slower than Ferrari in the top-10 shootout.
When asked how he felt his pace was compared to Vettel before the Safety Car was deployed, Bottas said: "It felt like everything was under control and I had no major drop off in the end". I think Valtteri is a great driver.
"We didn't really do much on the vehicle, I didn't have to fight to find [the right set-up]".
Grosjean gives Haas their first ever Q3 appearance in China.
The Mercedes driver finished fourth in Shanghai as Daniel Ricciardo raced to victory following a crucial pit stop call. "The fans here in China have been awesome, I hope they know I'll do everything to fight for them tomorrow." .
Kevin Magnussen was seventh for the USA -owned Haas team ahead of the other Renault of Spaniard Carlos Sainz. "We were understanding the tyres, getting them to work better, but we could never achieve similar grip levels to Ferrari today". "I think in terms of speed, all good, but I don't know why in the races maybe wanting it a bit too much and recovering from all the stuff that happened before, but it's a bit hard to really judge that now".
Vettel won in Australia, and last week in Bahrain.
As Verstappen caught Vettel, who was struggling to match his times on older tyres, the Dutchman tried to pass on the inside of the penultimate corner but made contact, pitching both cars into a spin.
"I wouldn't be surprised if tomorrow that gap disappears and it's a very tight race".
But rival politicians and some Conservative colleagues have called for a parliamentary vote before any British involvement. Jeremy Corbyn has slammed Theresa May after Britain launched strikes on Syria overnight alongside the USA and France .
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You can also check back with us here on WHNT.com and follow us on social media ( Twitter and Facebook in particular) for updates. The cold front will usher in dry air and windy conditions on Saturday which puts a risk of fire weather conditions.
Human rights groups and United Nations officials say the tactic amounts to forced displacement, a war crime. Bodies of victims of alleged chemical attack lie on the ground in rebel-held Douma, Syria, 08 April 2018.
The Red Devils are set to host bottom side West Brom at Old Trafford on Sunday before travelling to Bournemouth. Rashford was also reported to be seeking a move away from the club if Mourinho will be the manager next season.
It revolves around little Jake who prefers Cinderella over G I Joe and the nuances and complexities that come along with it. He is fascinated more by fairytales than the toy-cars and is intrigued to know, "why boys can't wear a skirt".
Opposition Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said parliament should be consulted before May approved military action. He said even if the investigative team verifies the use of chemical weapons, "we will not know who did it".
Asked whether Israel helped choose targets, the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said: "Not to my knowledge". The Douma attack killed over 40 people, with hundreds wounded by exposure to chemical agents.
India's official entry to the Academy Awards previous year , Amit Masurkar's black comedy Newton , was named the Best Hindi Film . She took a break from the silver screen and came back nearly after 17 years with the movie "English Vinglish".
Which is why I understand Kelly's beaning of Austin . "It's something that needs to be a little better", Manager Aaron Boone said. Kelly , 29, is in his fifth season with the Red Sox , after joining the team in the trade that sent John Lackey to St.
The ceremoney started with The Killers giving tribute to the late Tom Petty. "I've got mixed emotions", he said. He didn't address the gathering unlike the previous ceremonies where he opened the ceremonies with his speech.
Matt Bevin said in an impromptu press conference just hours after his vetoes of the budget and tax reform bills were overridden. By asking them to vote for another period to get the tax increase in a election 25, the veto put law makers at a position.