According to Mercedes co-team boss Paddy Lowe, it was Lewis Hamilton’s decision to abort the lap. “He felt the lap was worse,” Lowe told BBC.
“He bailed out, which was unfortunate as a lot of time was found in sector three.”
Nico Rosberg claimed a late pole with a 1:35.766 and he is followed by Sebastian Vettel, Jenson Button, Nico Hulkenberg, Kevin Magnussen, Lewis Hamilton, Sergio Perez, Daniel Ricciardo, Daniel Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne.
Mercedes co-team boss Toto Wolff told BBC: “It’s very disappointing. There are so many errors you can do in that situation. You can see with Ferrari that you don’t have to extract the last few seconds.
“I don’t think we’re hugely dominant. You saw yesterday that there is still an advantage but it’s a matter of time. We can’t keep ahead for the whole season.”