Rosberg claims pole in China

Qualifying for the Chinese Grand Pix went exactly to plan for Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg but his teammate, who was already facing a 5-place grid penalty for a gearbox change, didn’t even manage to get out of Q1 due to an ERS issue which will prompt an engine change for Lewis Hamilton.

The session was a little difficult with red flags over Manor’s Pascal Wehrlein’s crash in Q1 and then an errant wheel from Nico Hulkenberg’s Force India which will prompt a grid penalty for the German.

Perhaps the surprise of the session could be Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo squeezing out both Ferrari’s for second place leaving Kimi Raikkonen and teammate Sebastian Vettel 3rd and 4th.

The flying wheel of Force India’s scuttled the laps of McLaren duo Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button who both felt they may have had something to get them into Q3.

The old qualifying format may have changed the midfield teams a bit and unfortunately Haas F1 ran their second Q1 laps a little early leaving time for an improving track which relegated them to 14th and 18th.

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m35.402s
2 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m35.917s 0.515s
3 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m35.972s 0.570s
4 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m36.246s 0.844s
5 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m36.296s 0.894s
6 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/TAG Heuer 1m36.399s 0.997s
7 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m36.865s 1.463s
8 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m36.881s 1.479s
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m37.194s 1.792s
10 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes
11 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m37.347s
12 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m38.826s
13 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m39.093s
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m39.830s
15 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m40.742s
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m42.430s
17 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m38.673s
18 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m38.770s
19 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m39.528s
20 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m40.264s
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes
22 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes