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China 2012 - Qualifying results // Rosberg jumps to the top, as Vettel falls at the first hurdle

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An intriguing three-part qualifying saw Jean-Éric Vergne the "big name" dropped out in the first session. An even bigger name falling out early was Sebastian Vettel, who didn't manage to make it through to the top ten and qualified in 11th place. Massa was also out in Q2, opening up the top ten shootout to some new names. It was Mercedes who finally turned their pace into positions, with Nico Rosberg securing his first pole position in Formula One. He was followed by Hamilton, who gets a five place grid drop, and then Schumacher - making it an all-Mercedes front row.

PositionDriverTeamTimeLaps
1Nico RosbergMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:35.12111
2Lewis HamiltonVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:35.62614
3Michael SchumacherMercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team1:35.69113
4Kamui KobayashiSauber F1 Team1:35.78413
5Kimi RäikkönenLotus F1 Team1:35.89815
6Jenson ButtonVodafone McLaren Mercedes1:36.19116
7Mark WebberRed Bull Racing1:36.29014
8Sergio PérezSauber F1 Team1:36.52417
9Fernando AlonsoScuderia Ferrari1:36.62217
10Romain GrosjeanLotus F1 TeamNo Time15
11Sebastian VettelRed Bull Racing1:36.03111
12Felipe MassaScuderia Ferrari1:36.25514
13Pastor MaldonadoWilliams F1 Team1:36.28314
14Bruno SennaWilliams F1 Team1:36.28914
15Paul di RestaSahara Force India F1 Team1:36.31714
16Nico HülkenbergSahara Force India F1 Team1:36.74514
17Daniel RicciardoScuderia Toro Rosso1:36.95614
18Jean-Éric VergneScuderia Toro Rosso1:37.7148
19Heikki KovalainenCaterham F1 Team1:38.4639
20Vitaly PetrovCaterham F1 Team1:38.6777
21Timo GlockMarussia F1 Team1:39.28210
22Charles PicMarussia F1 Team1:39.71710
23Pedro de la RosaHRT Formula 1 Team1:40.4117
24Narain KarthikeyanHRT Formula 1 Team1:41.00010

107% time: 1:42.931

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