Nico Rosberg First Pole Position – 2012 Chinese Grand Prix

Another brilliant qualifying session, in which Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg stormed to a memorable pole for the first time in his 111-race career, set up the prospect of an exciting Chinese Grand Prix today, with many of Formula One’s major players starting from further back on the grid.

Rosberg’s pole was Mercedes’ first as a works team since 1955 and means the 26 year-old German lines up alongside team-mate Michael Schumacher at the front of the grid, the seven-time world champion profiting from Lewis Hamilton’s five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled change of gearbox.

Thanks to Hamilton’s penalty, Sauber’s Kamui Kobayashi will start from third on the grid, with Lotus’ Kimi Raikkonen alongside him for company.

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