Rosberg claims pole in China

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Qualifying for the Chinese Grand Pix went exactly to plan for Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg but his teammate, who was already facing a 5-place grid penalty for a gearbox change, didn’t even manage to get out of Q1 due to an ERS issue which will prompt an engine change for Lewis Hamilton.

The session was a little difficult with red flags over Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein’s crash in Q1 and then an errant wheel from Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India which will prompt a grid penalty for the German.

Perhaps the surprise of the session could be Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo squeezing out both Ferrari’s for second place leaving Kimi Raikkonen and teammate Sebastian Vettel 3rd and 4th.

The flying wheel of Force India’s scuttled the laps of McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button who both felt they may have had something to get them into Q3.

The old qualifying format may have changed the midfield teams a bit and unfortunately Haas F1 ran their second Q1 laps a little early leaving time for an improving track which relegated them to 14th and 18th.

PosDriverCarTimeGap
1Nico RosbergMercedes1m35.402s
2Daniel RicciardoRed Bull/TAG Heuer1m35.917s0.515s
3Kimi RaikkonenFerrari1m35.972s0.570s
4Sebastian VettelFerrari1m36.246s0.844s
5Valtteri BottasWilliams/Mercedes1m36.296s0.894s
6Daniil KvyatRed Bull/TAG Heuer1m36.399s0.997s
7Sergio PerezForce India/Mercedes1m36.865s1.463s
8Carlos SainzToro Rosso/Ferrari1m36.881s1.479s
9Max VerstappenToro Rosso/Ferrari1m37.194s1.792s
10Nico HulkenbergForce India/Mercedes
11Felipe MassaWilliams/Mercedes1m37.347s
12Fernando AlonsoMcLaren/Honda1m38.826s
13Jenson ButtonMcLaren/Honda1m39.093s
14Romain GrosjeanHaas/Ferrari1m39.830s
15Marcus EricssonSauber/Ferrari1m40.742s
16Felipe NasrSauber/Ferrari1m42.430s
17Kevin MagnussenRenault1m38.673s
18Esteban GutierrezHaas/Ferrari1m38.770s
19Jolyon PalmerRenault1m39.528s
20Rio HaryantoManor/Mercedes1m40.264s
21Pascal WehrleinManor/Mercedes
22Lewis HamiltonMercedes
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Northern Monkey

Wow a 5 grid postion wasn’t enough. Starting at the back should ensure a win. I’m voting Leave F1 the script is worse than a soap.

Andreas Möller

So far (Saturday night), a quite interesting weekend. Williams rear wheel rim issues, Magnussen’s Renault blowing another left rear (probably due to debris from Massa’s car), fiery Haas rear brakes… On the safety side, the circuit has shown it needs a little more work. On Friday there were photographers in the runoff/overshoot to the pit entry, and on Saturday the track sweeper car decided to park there while the operators stepped out to wash their hands… The qualifying session itself was refreshingly exciting, with the only real downer being the second red flag scuppering McLaren’s attempts at pushing into Q3.… Read more »

jakobusvdl

Whoooohooooo! What a race! It didn’t need a dodgy qualifying to ‘spice up the show’, just a few mechanical issues and a couple of ‘first corner nutters’, and its all on. Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull podium, and racing all the way through the field. That was fun, fantastic to see, racing, tyres, tactics and some mega overtaking.
Turns out F1 isn’t as broke as Bernie thought ;-)