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Starting grid - Chinese Grand Prix 2016 // Hamilton and Wehrlein given permission to start the race

Pascal Wehrlein given permission to start F1 race
Credit: Manor Racing

Lewis Hamilton was already facing a five place grid drop before qualifying, and after being unable to participate in qualifying itself, he's facing a tough challenge for the race. The FIA have granted him permission to race despite not qualifying, and Pascal Wehrlein is also allowed to start.

Nico Hülkenberg has been given a three place drop for the unsafe release that saw a wheel fall off his Force India, which knocks him down to 13th place. Otherwise it's the same at the top, with Rosberg and Ricciardo lining up on the front row of the grid.

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
10Felipe MassaWilliams Martini Racing1:37.3479
11Fernando AlonsoMcLaren Honda1:38.82611
12Jenson ButtonMcLaren Honda1:39.09311
13Nico HülkenbergSahara Force India F1 TeamNo time10
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
21Pascal WehrleinManor Racing MRTNo time2
22Lewis HamiltonMercedes AMG Petronas F1 TeamNo time3
  • 5 place drop for Lewis Hamilton. The gearbox of car 44 has been changed before 6 consecutive events have expired.
  • 3 place drop for Nico Hülkenberg. Car 27 was released in an unsafe condition as the wheel and tyre fell off at turn 10.