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F1: Nico Rosberg on pole at China


Nico Rosberg claimed his maiden Formula 1 pole, after 111 races, at Shanghai when he took his MGP W03 to top spot during qualifying. Rosberg was half a second quicker than Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren. However, with Hamilton getting a five-place penalty for a gearbox change, Rosberg's Mercedes AMG F1 team-mate will start second on the grid. This moves Kamui Kobayashi and Kimi Raikkonen up to third and fourth respectively.

A fair number of surprises further down the grid though - Sebastian Vettel wasn't able to do better than eleventh and was unable to make it to Q3. Team-mate Mark Webber had a slightly better showing with seventh place in qualifying. The Ferraris of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa ended up ninth and twelfth on the grid respectively.

Pos          Driver                         Team 

 1.          Nico Rosberg                  Mercedes    

 2.          Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes

 3.          Michael Schumacher        Mercedes

 4.          Kamui Kobayashi           Sauber-Ferrari

 5.          Kimi Raikkonen                Lotus-Renault

 6.          Jenson Button                 McLaren-Mercedes

 7.          Mark Webber                   Red Bull-Renault

 8.          Sergio Perez                  Sauber-Ferrari

 9.          Fernando Alonso           Ferrari

10.          Romain Grosjean           Lotus-Renault

11.          Sebastian Vettel              Red Bull-Renault

12.          Felipe Massa                  Ferrari

13.          Pastor Maldonado          Williams-Renault

14.          Bruno Senna                   Williams-Renault

15.          Paul di Resta                 Force India-Mercedes

16.          Nico Hulkenberg           Force India-Mercedes

17.          Daniel Ricciardo              Toro Rosso-Ferrari

18.          Jean-Eric Vergne          Toro Rosso-Ferrari

19.          Heikki Kovalainen         Caterham-Renault

20.          Vitaly Petrov                 Caterham-Renault

21.          Timo Glock                    Marussia-Cosworth

22.          Charles Pic                   Marussia-Cosworth

23.          Pedro de la Rosa          HRT-Cosworth

24.          Narain Karthikeyan        HRT-Cosworth