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Rosberg on pole as Hamilton knocked out in Q1

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Rosberg on pole as Hamilton knocked out in Q1

Rosberg on pole as Hamilton knocked out in Q1

Championship leader Nico Rosberg takes pole position for the Chinese Grand Prix, this is his first pole in 2016 and will start race on soft tyre, Red Bull rocket Daniel Ricciardo has beaten the Ferraris to the front row.

Kimi Raikkonen set third place for starting grid ahead Sebastian Vettel. The Australian’s best 0.055 seconds faster than Raikkonen’s Ferrari but over half a second down on Rosberg.

Five-times Chinese GP pole-man Lewis Hamilton will have to start the race from the rear end of the grid following an Energy Recovery System problem forced out him in qualifying.

The Brit, who was already handed a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change, reported a down on power engine during his first run in Q1 [Before the Pascal’s crash].

Williams of Valtteri Bottas was fifth fastest, while the second Red Bull ace Daniil Kvyat set sixth fastest.

Force India’s Sergio Perez made seventh fastest, ahead of the Toro Rossos of Carlos Sainz Jr and Max Verstappen.

Nico Hulkenberg did make it into Q3, but his front left wheel came loose and bounced down the track late in Q2, forcing him to stop the car on track, ruling him out of the top 10 shootout.

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