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Rosberg takes Baku maiden pole as Hamilton crashes out

Rosberg takes Baku maiden pole as Hamilton crashes out

Rosberg takes Baku maiden pole as Hamilton crashes out

Championship leader Nico Rosberg will start on pole at the European Grand Prix in Baku, Azerbaijan after his team-mate Lewis Hamilton crashed out in qualifying.

Following dominating the weekend, Hamilton struggled in qualifying and as he pushed in the final session of qualifying, he clipped the wall and forced a red flag .

Sergio Perez took second place on the grid but will take a five-place grid penalty for changing his gearbox after hitting a wall at the end of pre-qualifying practice and severely damaging the rear of the car.

Daniel Ricciardo qualified third ahead of Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen in fourth and fifth but all will move up a spot due to Perez’s demotion.

Felipe Massa secured fifth place on the grid ahead of Daniil Kvyat and Valtteri Bottas. Max Verstappen finished ninth for Red Bull ahead of the crest-fallen Hamilton in P10… more to follow

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