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Rosberg takes surprise Bahrain GP pole
Saturday 20th April 2013, 13:13 by TF1T Staff
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Nico Rosberg will start the Bahrain Grand Prix on pole position, just a week after his team-mate, Lewis Hamilton, secured pole in China to give Mercedes their first consecutive poles since returning to F1.
The German starts ahead of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel who qualified just two tenths slower, whilst Fernando Alonso will occupy third.
The second Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton qualified fourth, but will incur a five-place grid penalty after the team were forced to change his gearbox.
Fifth placed Mark Webber will also start lower after the stewards awarded him a three-place drop following a collision in China last weekend.
Force India continued their impressive form with Paul di Resta setting the seventh quickest time behind Felipe Massa and ahead of team-mate Adrian Sutil.
Kimi Raikkonen admitted Lotus don't have the pace in Bahrain, which was proven on Saturday with his ninth place and Romain Grosjean's 11th.
Esteban Gutierrez starts last after a five-place drop thanks to a collision with Adrian Sutil in China.
Qualifying - 2013 Bahrain Grand Prix
# Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 02 S. Vettel Red Bull 1:33.327 1:32.746 1:32.584 05 M. Webber Red Bull 1:33.966 1:33.098 1:32.078 10 J. Button McLaren 1:34.071 1:33.702 12 S. Perez McLaren 1:34.310 1:33.914 11 R. Grosjean Lotus 1:33.498 1:33.762 01 N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:33.364 1:32.867 1:32.330 03 F. Alonso Ferrari 1:32.878 1:33.316 1:32.667 09 K. Räikkönen Lotus 1:33.827 1:33.146 1:33.327 04 L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:33.498 1:33.346 1:32.762 14 N. Hulkenberg Sauber 1:34.409 1:33.976 06 F. Massa Ferrari 1:33.780 1:33.358 1:33.207 07 P. di Resta Force India 1:33.762 1:33.335 1:33.235 08 A. Sutil Force India 1:34.048 1:33.378 1:33.246 15 V. Bottas Williams 1:34.425 1:34.105 16 J-E. Vergne Toro Rosso 1:34.314 1:34.284 13 D. Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:34.120 1:33.974 17 P. Maldonado Williams 1:34.425 18 E. Gutierrez Sauber 1:34.730 20 J. Bianchi Marussia 1:36.178 22 M. Chilton Marussia 1:36.476 21 G. van der Garde Caterham 1:36.304 19 C. Pic Caterham 1:35.283
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