Rosberg secures pole position for the Chinese GP and will start alongside the Red Bull of Ricciardo

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Nico Rosberg will start Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix from pole position after finishing half a second clear of the field in qualifying in Shanghai.

After seeing Mercedes teammate and title rival Lewis Hamilton drop out in Q1 thanks to an engine issue, Rosberg capitalized by taking his first pole position of the season.

Rosberg’s biggest challenge came from Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, who sat on provisional pole after the first set of runs in Q3.

However, the Finn failed to make much of an improvement on his second lap, dropping him to third behind Rosberg and Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo in second place.

Chinese Grand Prix Qualifying Results
Pos. Car # Driver Q1 Q2 Q3 Gap Laps
1 6 Nico Roseberg 1:37.669 1:36.240 1:35.402 Leader 16
2 3 Daniel Ricciardo 1:37.672 1:36.815 1:35.917 -0.515 13
3 7 Kimi Raikkonen 1:37.347 1:36.118 1:35.972 -0.055 13
4 5 Sebastian Vettel 1:37.001 1:36.183 1:36.246 -0.274 10
5 77 Valtteri Bottas 1:37.537 1:36.831 1:36.296 -0.050 13
6 26 Daniil Kvyat 1:37.719 1:36.948 1:36.399 -0.103 14
7 11 Sergio Perez 1:38.096 1:37.149 1:36.865 -0.466 15
8 55 Carlos Sainz Jr 1:37.656 1:37.204 1:36.881 -0.016 15
9 33 Max Verstappen 1:38.181 1:37.265 1:37.194 -0.313 15
10 27 Nico Hulkenberg 1:38.165 1:37.333 0:00.000 -0.139 9
11 19 Felipe Massa 1:38.016 1:37.347 Eliminated -0.014 8
12 14 Fernando Alonso 1:38.451 1:38.826 Eliminated -1.479 10
13 22 Jenson Button 1:37.593 1:39.093 Eliminated -0.267 10
14 8 Romain Grojean 1:38.425 1:37.830 Eliminated -0.737 12
15 9 Marcus Ericsson 1:38.321 1:40.742 Eliminated -0.912 10
16 12 Felipe Nasr 1:38.654 1:42.430 Eliminated -1.688 10
17 20 Kevin Magnussen 1:38.673 Eliminated 3.757 9
18 21 Esteban Gutierrez 1:38.770 Eliminated -0.097 9
19 30 Jolyon Palmer 1:39.528 Eliminated -0.758 9
20 88 Rio Haryanto 1:40.264 Eliminated -0.736 9
21 94 Pascal Wehrlein 0:00.000 Eliminated 40.264 2
22 44 Lewis Hamiton 0:00.000 Eliminated 0.000 3

 

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