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Qualifying results - Chinese Grand Prix 2016 // Rosberg snatches pole position with Hamilton last

Hülkenberg's wheel falls off after unsafe release
Credit: Sahara Force India

Qualifying for the Chinese race was full of surprises, the first being that Lewis Hamilton couldn't take part due to an ERS problem. Pascal Wehrlein crashed out in the first session as well, causing a lengthy delay to proceedings. During the second session, Nico Hülkenberg suffered an unsafe release that brought several other driver laps to a halt, with McLaren settling for middle of the table positions.

Into the top ten, Rosberg posted the fastest time, ahead of a Red Bull and two Ferraris. Sergio Pérez was the outsider in seventh, with two Toro Rossos taking up positions just behind him.

PositionDriverTeamTimeLaps
1Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:35.40216
2Daniel RicciardoRed Bull Racing1:35.91713
3Kimi RäikkönenScuderia Ferrari1:35.97213
4Sebastian VettelScuderia Ferrari1:36.24610
5Valtteri BottasWilliams Martini Racing1:36.29613
6Daniil KvyatRed Bull Racing1:36.39914
7Sergio PérezSahara Force India F1 Team1:36.86515
8Carlos Sainz JrScuderia Toro Rosso1:36.8816
9Max VerstappenScuderia Toro Rosso1:37.1946
10Nico HülkenbergSahara Force India F1 TeamNo time10
11Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing1:37.3479
12Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda1:38.82611
13Jenson ButtonMcLaren Honda1:39.09311
14Romain GrosjeanHaas F1 Team1:39.83013
15Marcus EricssonSauber F1 Team1:40.74211
16Felipe NasrSauber F1 Team1:42.43011
17Kevin MagnussenRenault Sport F1 Team1:38.6739
18Esteban GutiérrezHaas F1 Team1:38.7709
19Jolyon PalmerRenault Sport F1 Team1:39.5289
20Rio HaryantoManor Racing MRT1:40.2649
DNQPascal WehrleinManor Racing MRTNo time2
DNQLewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 TeamNo time3