Rosberg takes pole in Chinese Grand Prix

Mercedes driver and championship leader Nico Rosberg will start from pole in China tomorrow along side Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo while mistakes from both Ferrari drivers put Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel in third and fourth, respectively.Lewis Hamilton will start dead last on the grid after an engine problem meant he was unable to set a time in qualifying.

There was a welcome return to the ‘old style’ of qualifying this morning as this season’s failed qualifying was finally done away with.

Here is the grid for tomorrow’s Australian Grand Prix:

  1. Nico Rosberg – Mercedes – 1:35.402
  2. Daniel Ricciardo – Red Bull- 1:35.917
  3. Kimi Raikkonen – Ferrari- 1:35.972
  4. Sebastian Vettel – Ferrari – 1:36.246
  5. Valtteri Bottas – Williams – 1:36.296
  6. Daniil Kyvat – Red Bull- 1:36.399
  7. Sergio Perez- Force India- 1:36.865
  8. Carlos Saintz- Toro Rosso- 1:36.881
  9. Max Verstappen – Toro Rosso- 1:37.194
  10. Nico Hulkenberg – Force India- No Q3 time
  11. Felipe Massa- Williams – 1:37.347
  12. Fernando Alonso- McLaren- 1:38.826
  13. Jenson Button – McLaren- 1:39.093
  14. Romain Grosjean- Haas – 1:39.830
  15. Marcus Ericsson – Sauber- 1:40.742
  16. Felipe Nasr – Sauber- 1:42.430
  17. Kevin Magnussen – Renault- 1:38.673
  18. Esteban Gutierrez – Haas- 1:38.770
  19. Jolyon Palmer – Renault – 1:39.528
  20. Rio Haryanto- Manor- 1:40.264
  21. Pascal Wehrlein – Manor- No time
  22. Lewis Hamilton* – Mercedes- No time

*Five-place grid penalty for gearbox change.

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