For the first time since the 1950s, the front row of a grid has been locked out by a Mercedes works team. Nico Rosberg scored a dominant pole in Shanghai, and because Lewis Hamilton's second-placed ...

For the first time since the 1950s, the front row of a grid has been locked out by a Mercedes works team.

Nico Rosberg scored a dominant pole in Shanghai, and because Lewis Hamilton's second-placed McLaren must move back five places, the sister W03 of Michael Schumacher will race teammate Rosberg to the first corner on Sunday.

"I feel sorry for Lewis but it's good for us," smiled Schumacher.

The Brackley based team, however, is not getting carried away, after the 'double-DRS'-assisted car fell away in the races in Australia and Malaysia, collecting just a single point for the German squad.

Team boss Ross Brawn spoke therefore of caution, with Schumacher agreeing: "There's certainly a question mark over whether we can keep our positions from qualifying but we'll try our best."

Meanwhile, it is the first time a Rosberg has been on pole since the 26-year-old's Finnish father Keke started from the front of the grid in the 80s.

"It was an exceptional lap from Nico -- he's not had a great first couple of races," Brawn told the BBC. "We saw today what he can do."

 

Results

Pos

Driver

Team

Q1

Q2

Q3

1

Nico Rosberg

Mercedes

1:36.875

1:35.725

1:35.121

2

Lewis Hamilton

McLaren-Mercedes

1:36.763

1:35.902

1:35.626

3

Michael Schumacher

Mercedes

1:36.797

1:35.794

1:35.691

4

Kamui Kobayashi

Sauber-Ferrari

1:36.863

1:35.853

1:35.784

5

Kimi Räikkönen

Lotus-Renault

1:36.850

1:35.921

1:35.898

6

Jenson Button

McLaren-Mercedes

1:36.746

1:35.942

1:36.191

7

Mark Webber

Red Bull Racing-Renault

1:36.682

1:35.700

1:36.290

8

Sergio Perez

Sauber-Ferrari

1:36.198

1:35.831

1:36.524

9

Fernando Alonso

Ferrari

1:36.292

1:35.982

1:36.622

10

Romain Grosjean

Lotus-Renault

1:36.343

1:35.903

 

11

Sebastian Vettel

Red Bull Racing-Renault

1:36.911

1:36.031

 

12

Felipe Massa

Ferrari

1:36.556

1:36.255

 

13

Pastor Maldonado

Williams-Renault

1:36.528

1:36.283

 

14

Bruno Senna

Williams-Renault

1:36.674

1:36.289

 

15

Paul di Resta

Force India-Mercedes

1:36.639

1:36.317

 

16

Nico Hulkenberg

Force India-Mercedes

1:36.921

1:36.745

 

17

Daniel Ricciardo

STR-Ferrari

1:36.933

1:36.956

 

18

Jean-Eric Vergne

STR-Ferrari

1:37.714

 

 

19

Heikki Kovalainen

Caterham-Renault

1:38.463

 

 

20

Vitaly Petrov

Caterham-Renault

1:38.677

 

 

21

Timo Glock

Marussia-Cosworth

1:39.282

 

 

22

Charles Pic

Marussia-Cosworth

1:39.717

 

 

23

Pedro de la Rosa

HRT-Cosworth

1:40.411

 

 

24

Narain Karthikeyan

HRT-Cosworth

1:41.000

 

 

 

Q1 107% Time

 

1:42.931

 

 

 

 

 

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