Rosberg Grabs Pole, Hamilton to Start From Back of Grid at Chinese GP

Reuters

First published: April 16, 2016, 2:25 PM IST | Updated: April 16, 2016
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Rosberg Grabs Pole, Hamilton to Start From Back of Grid at Chinese GP
Rosberg, the winner of the first two races of the Formula One season, clocked a best lap of one minute 35.402 seconds, over half a second quicker than Australian Sebastian Vettel. (Getty Images)

Shanghai: Germany's Nico Rosberg beat Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo to take pole position for Mercedes in qualifying on Saturday for the Chinese Grand Prix.

Rosberg, the winner of the first two races of the Formula One season, clocked a best lap of one minute 35.402 seconds, over half a second quicker than the Australian.

Finn Kimi Raikkonen was third for Ferrari, while teammate and four-times world champion Sebastian Vettel will start fourth for Sunday's race.

World champion Lewis Hamilton, already carrying a five-place grid penalty for a change of gearbox, will start from the back of the grid after failing to set a time in qualifying due to engine problems with his Mercedes.

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