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

Jenson Button, Lewis Hamilton
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7Haas8
8Renault2
9Sauber0
10McLaren0
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11Romain GrosjeanHaas4
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16Marcus EricssonSauber0
17Antonio GiovinazziSauber0
18Jolyon PalmerRenault0
19Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren0
20Pascal WehrleinSauber0
21Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes0