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Nico Rosberg takes surprise pole position for Bahrain Grand Prix // A mixed up qualifying in Bahrain sets up an exciting grid for tomorrow's race

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Nico Rosberg takes surprise pole position for Bahrain Grand Prix
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The first session of qualifying in Bahrain began slowly, under glorious sunshine. The expected four dropped out early, with Charles Pic beating both Marussia drivers and his teammate by about a second. They were joined by Pastor Maldonado and Esteban Gutiérrez dropping out in the first session.

Q2 saw more action early on, with Webber and Vettel heading out straight away, they were comfortably through to the final session. Both Force India drivers managed to get up into the top ten, whilst Romain Grosjean and Sergio Pérez missed out where their teammates prevailed.

The top ten shootout saw four drivers set an initial time, with most leaving it for a one-lap final run. Jenson Button abandoned his lap and didn’t set a time, Fernando Alonso abandoned his lap after seeing he was third fastest. Felipe Massa set his time on hard tyres, at odds to the rest of the top ten.

But it was Nico Rosberg who surprised all, even Ross Brawn, by pipping Sebastian Vettel to pole position - the German will start the race from the front, and said he’s hoping to kick-start his season.