Chinese GP: Nico Rosberg on pole as teammate Lewis Hamilton starts from the back of grid

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 2:19 PM

Rosberg, with a 17-point advantage over Hamilton after winning the opening two rounds of the Formula One season, lapped the circuit in Shanghai in one min 35.402 seconds.

Chinese GP: Nico Rosberg on pole as teammate Lewis Hamilton starts from the back of grid

Nico Rosberg claimed pole for the Chinese Grand Prix while Mercedes teammate and world winner Lewis Hamilton will start from the back of the grid after failing to set a time in Saturday's qualifying.

Rosberg, with a 17-point advantage over Hamilton after winning the opening two rounds of the Formula One season, lapped the circuit in Shanghai in one min 35.402 seconds.

It left him over half a second quicker than Daniel Ricciardo in his Ruddy Bull after the pole spot bids of the Ferrari duo of Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel faltered on their final runs.

Raikkonen, top of the timesheets in the penultimate session of qualifying, had to settle for third fastest after running wide on a corner, with Vettel, who made a similar mistake, in fourth.

It was the first qualifying session since F1 executive decided to abandon the "knock out'" format which was so criticized in Australia and Bahrain by the drivers and fans -- and it was certainly incident-packed.

"I'm sure the guys are as gutted as I am," Hamilton told Sky Sports.

"We've got to attempt and figure out the issue and create sure it never happens again."

Rosberg, by contrast, could afford to celebrate his first pole of the season and twenty-third overall over race radio.

"Car was grand again, sorry that the other car didn't create it," said the German.

After the drama involving Hamilton and Wehrlein, the second session was prematurely halted when the left wheel of Nico Hulkenberg'south Force India flew off.

Read: Alonso out of Bahrain GP after Australia crash

Spain'south Fernando Alonso, returning to action for McLaren after his horror crash in Australia, was among a no of drivers left frustrated as their tender to create the third and final session was ended without the chance to complete a final lap.

He'll start from twelfth with teammate Jenson Button one place behind.

Australia'south Ricciardo, sporting a new ferocious haircut, was the astonishment packet of qualifying, while his teammate Daniil Kvyat will start from the third row with Valtteri Bottas in the Williams.

Sunday'south race will be the third in a 21-round championship which has been dominated by Mercedes for the past two seasons, Hamilton taking the honors on both occasions from Rosberg.

But his faltering start to the two thousand sixteen campaign has raised eyebrows and number driver has won the F1 title in the past four years after failing to win any of the opening three races.

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