Lewis Hamilton has admitted "it was a hard day" for his Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport team after he qualified fourth for the Chinese Grand Prix. The front row lockout was their second in a row after Vettel beat Raikkonen to pole last weekend in Bahrain.
It was left to Valtteri Bottas, therefore, to lead Mercedes' challenge.
Vettel and Ferrari ended Mercedes' six year reign as pole sitters at the Shanghai International Circuit in dominant fashion by making it a Ferrari 1-2.
While Hamilton admitted that he did not have the pace to finish on the podium or compete for the win, he did manage to stay out of trouble.
Even the RedBull driver has damaged his chances this season, retiring last weekend after a clash with rsquo & Mercedes; four times world champion Lewis Hamilton. "So I'm really happy", Vettel said.
"It was a insane session - the vehicle was unbelievable and it just got better", added Vettel.
"I knew I had a bit more and the last lap I got it all together". An worldwide audience of opinion makers, business leaders, and global organizations recognizes Ebeling as an expert.
Hamilton could at least depend on his car's impressive reliability, collecting points for the 28th race in a row and claiming outright a record he had previously held jointly with Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen. I don't think necessarily I need to be less aggressive or anything because it's nothing to do with being overly aggressive but maybe wanting too much.
Max Verstappen has accepted the blame for colliding with Sebastian Vettel at the Chinese GP. "But he made a mistake, locked up - it happens with a tailwind down that straight - I guess he misjudged and compromised both our races".
The 20-year-old ended up fifth behind Hamilton, Raikkonen, Bottas and race victor Daniel Ricciardo.
Now 17 points behind Vettel after the first two races of 2018, Hamilton can ill-afford to drop further behing Sebastian Vettel in the title standings.
Red Bull's decision to change tyres under the Safety Car in Shanghai meant Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo were able to go onto a charge in the final stint.
The German, however, established a 0.3-second margin over teammate Carlos Sainz in ninth, with Force India's Sergio Perez sandwiched between the two in eighth.
Despite being given a tow by McLaren teammate Stoffel Vandoorne, Fernando Alonso failed to reach the top ten.
Haas driver Kevin Magnussen was eliminated in Q2 for the first time this season after a poor middle sector on his final lap prevented him from improving.
He damaged his vehicle running wide in the early laps in the opening race in Australia and then spun, losing several places and finishing sixth.