15 Apr 2012

Nico Rosberg secures first pole of his F1 career in Shanghai

6:13 am on 15 April 2012

Germany's Formula One racing driver Nico Rosberg has secured the first pole position of his Formula One career at the Chinese Grand Prix in what will be an all-Mercedes front row with team mate Michael Schumacher alongside him.

Schumacher qualified in third place but will move up to second because McLaren's Lewis Hamilton takes a five place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.

The pole was the first for Mercedes with their own works team since the late Argentine Juan Manuel Fangio at the 1955 Italian Grand Prix.

Double world champion, Red bull's Sebastian Vettel has qualified only 11th, his worst performance in qualifying since he became champion and lowest grid position since Brazil in 2009, 42 races ago.

Sauber's Japanese driver Kamui Kobayashi produced the best qualifying result of his career with third on the grid while Finland's 2007 champion Kimi Raikkonen was fourth for Lotus.

McLaren's Jenson Button lines up with Webber on the third row. Ferrari's championship leader Fernando Alonso starts ninth.