Nico Rosberg Takes Pole In China, Lewis Hamilton To Start Dead Last

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Mercedes driver and 2016 F1 Drivers Championship leader Nico Rosberg scorched the track at Shanghai with a lap of 1:35.402 to claim pole position for the main race at the 2016 Chinese Grand Prix.

His title rival and teammate Lewis Hamilton will start at the back of the Grid after the Energy Recovery System (ERS) on his car caused it lose quite a bit of power and ensured that he could not put down a lap time.

Second position on the grid was claimed by Red Bull Driver Daniel Ricciardo who was over half a second slower than Rosberg. The Australian driver though did enough with his lap of 1:35.917 to push the Ferrari duo of Kimi Raikkonen (1:35.972) and Sebastian Vettel(1:36.246) to the second row of the grid.

Vettel just about managed to out qualify the Williams of Valteri Bottas (1:36.296) who will be flanked on the third row of the grid by Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat who set a time of 1:36.399.

Seventh and eighth position on the grid will be occupied by the Force India of Sergio Perez and the Torro Rosso driven by Carlos Sainz Jr. respectively.

Rounding off the top 10 will be Max Verstappen's Torro Rosso and Force India's Nico Hulkenberg. Hulkenberg did not set a time in Q3 and caused Q2 to end prematurely after he brought out a red Flag when the left-front wheel came away from his Force India.

There was another Red Flag earlier on at the start of Q1 when the Manor of Pascal Wehrlein aquaplaned and crashed on the pit straight immediately after opening up the DRS flap on his car's rear wing.

The Chinese Grand Prix will start at 11;30 a.m. on Sunday, April 17, 2016.

Story first published: Saturday, April 16, 2016, 15:45 [IST]
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