Nico Rosberg grabs maiden pole in China

Nico Rosberg
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Nico Rosberg secures his maiden Formula 1 pole position in Shanghai and will start alongside teammate Mercedes teammate Michael Schumacher on the front row.

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has secured his first Formula 1 pole position for tomorrow's Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai.

Lewis Hamilton posted the second-fastest time of qualifying but will start seventh because of a five-place grid penalty for changing his gearbox.

This demotion means that Rosberg will be joined on the front row by teammate and compatriot Michael Schumacher.

Sauber's Kamui Kobayashi also achieved his best ever qualifying finish by grabbing third from Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen and Hamilton's McLaren teammate Jenson Button, who lie fourth and fifth respectively.

Red Bull's Mark Webber managed to take sixth position while teammate and two-time world champion Sebastian Vettel failed to qualify for the top-10 shootout and starts 11th.

Tomorrow's race goes off at 8am.

Top 10:

1. Nico Rosberg
2. Michael Schumacher
3. Kamui Kobayashi
4. Kimi Raikkonen
5. Jenson Button
6. Mark Webber
7. Lewis Hamilton
8. Sergio Perez
9. Fernando Alonso
10. Romain Grosjean

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TeamPoints
1Mercedes357
2Ferrari318
3Red Bull184
4Force India101
5Williams-Mercedes41
6Toro Rosso39
7Haas29
8Renault26
9McLaren11
10Sauber5
DriversTeamPoints
1Sebastian VettelFerrari202
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes188
3Valtteri BottasMercedes169
4Daniel RicciardoRed Bull117
5Kimi RaikkonenFerrari116
6Max VerstappenRed Bull67
7Sergio PerezForce India56
8Esteban OconForce India45
9Carlos SainzToro Rosso35
10Nico HulkenbergRenault26
11Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes23
12Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes18
13Romain GrosjeanHaas18
14Kevin MagnussenHaas11
15Fernando AlonsoMcLaren10
16Pascal WehrleinSauber5
17Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
18Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren1
19Marcus EricssonSauber0
20Jolyon PalmerRenault0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
22Jenson ButtonMcLaren0
23Paul di RestaWilliams-Mercedes0