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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TeamPoints
1Mercedes161
2Ferrari153
3Red Bull72
4Force India53
5Toro Rosso21
6Williams-Mercedes18
7Renault14
8Haas9
9Sauber4
10McLaren0
DriversTeamPoints
1Sebastian VettelFerrari104
2Lewis HamiltonMercedes98
3Valtteri BottasMercedes63
4Kimi RaikkonenFerrari49
5Daniel RicciardoRed Bull37
6Max VerstappenRed Bull35
7Sergio PerezForce India34
8Esteban OconForce India19
9Felipe MassaWilliams-Mercedes18
10Carlos SainzToro Rosso17
11Nico HulkenbergRenault14
12Romain GrosjeanHaas5
13Kevin MagnussenHaas4
14Pascal WehrleinSauber4
15Daniil KvyatToro Rosso4
16Lance StrollWilliams-Mercedes0
17Marcus EricssonSauber0
18Jolyon PalmerRenault0
19Stoffel VandoorneMcLaren0
20Fernando AlonsoMcLaren0
21Antonio GiovinazziSauber0