Rosberg and Schumacher express pace in China

Updated: April 14, 2012

Nico Rosberg grabbed the first pole position of his Formula One career and at the 111th time of asking. And the 26-year-old did it with ease and a set of tyres to spare at the Shanghai International Circuit ahead of Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix.

Rosberg blitzed the field on his first quick lap in the top 10 shoot-out and did not bother heading out again, finishing half a second up on McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton. For Mercedes it is also their first pole since they returned to F1 at the start of 2010 and after a 55-year absence from the sport.

And there was even better news for fans of the German manufacturer as Michael Schumacher will join Rosberg in an all-Mercedes front row when the race gets under way. The seven-time world champion rolled back the years with a fine drive and was duly rewarded with a promotion to the front row after Hamilton, who set the second fastest time, was forced into a gearbox change meaning he will drop five places on the grid tomorrow to seventh.

Behind Hamilton will be the second Sauber of Sergio Perez, the championship leader in Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso and the Lotus of Romain Grosjean.

2BET2 offers you 25/1 on the Mercedes duo to come out on top.

1. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes (1:35.121)
2. Michael Schumacher (Germany) Mercedes (1:35.691)
3. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Sauber – Ferrari (1:35.784)
4. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus – Renault (1:35.898)
5. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren (1:36.191)
6. Mark Webber (Australia) RedBull – Renault (1:36.290)
7. Lewis Hamilton* (Britain) McLaren (1:35.626)
8. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Sauber – Ferrari (1:36.524)
9. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari (1:36.622)
10. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus – Renault)
11. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull – Renault (1:36.031)
12. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari (1:36.255)
13. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams – Renault (1:36.283)
14. Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams – Renault (1:36.289)
15. Paul Di Resta (Britain) Force India – Mercedes (1:36.317)
16. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India – Mercedes (1:36.745)
17. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) Toro Rosso – Ferrari (1:36.956)
18. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso – Ferrari (1:37.714)
19. Heikki Kovalainen (Finland) Caterham – Renault (1:38.463)
20. Vitaly Petrov (Russia) Caterham – Renault (1:38.677)
21. Timo Glock (Germany) Marussia – Cosworth (1:39.282)
22. Charles Pic (France) Marussia – Cosworth (1:39.717)
23. Pedro de la Rosa (Spain) HRT – Cosworth (1:40.411)
24. Narain Karthikeyan (India) HRT – Cosworth (1:41.000