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Nico takes Pole again in Russia, Vettel 7th and Hamilton 10th for tomorrow's race

Nico Rosberg claimed the 24th pole position of his career, his second in Russia and his second in succession this season as the Mercedes man looks to continue to stretch his lead at the top of the Drivers' Standings after having started the weekend in perfect fashion at the Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.

The German driver actually went faster in Q2 than he did in Q3, taking Pole Position with a time of 1:35.417, but actually put in an even better lap in his previous outing, having posted a time of 1:35.337. Things didn't go quite so well for his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton though, who will start tomorrow's race from 10th place on the grid, having not come out in Q3 at all.


Rosberg wins Chinese Grand Prix, Vettel takes battling second

A highly entertaining Chinese Grand Prix went the way of this season's undisputed star Nico Rosberg, who recovered once again from a poor start to reclaim the lead from Daniel Ricciardo and drive off into the sunset unopposed to win his third straight race of the 2016 season, and his 6th in a row going back to the fag end of last season.

The action behind Rosberg though was brimming with excitement with the Ferraris of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen colliding with each other in the opening lap, and both men produced exceptional races to work their way through the field to take second and fifth place respectively. If fault was to be assigned, Vettel perhaps should have done better to avoid the contact, though the German typically looking for someone to blame, felt that an over eager Daniil Kvyaat in the Red Bull looking to overtake the duo heading into the first corner was to blame.


Rosberg takes Pole Position in China, Hamilton to start dead last

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It was a day of contrasting fortunes for the two men in the Mercedes paddock with Nico Rosberg continuing his fine start to the 2016 season by nabbing his first pole position of the campaign, his teammate, reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton, meanwhile suffered a technical problem, and having already changed his gearbox this week, will start tomorrow's race in China dead last.

The qualifying session itself was marred by two red flag incidents, the first one caused by Pascal Wehrlein spinning on a wet patch caused simply a delay in P1, but the second say Force India's Nico Hulkenberg lose a tyre towards the end of Q2 and brought an early end to that session, throwing the final run of a lot of teams in total disarray.


Rosberg wins again in Bahrain to make it two in two, Raikkonen takes second

Nico Rosberg picked up his fifth win on the bounce and his second in a row to kick off the 2016 season, taking the lead heading into the first corner and comfortably defending it over the course of the race to win the Bahrain Grand Prix at the Al Sakhir circuit on Sunday evening. Rosberg's win was the 16th of his career and his first in Bahrain.

A delighted Rosberg shared after the race, "The start was definitely the key to my win - and that was a really great moment, as it was an area that we put a lot effort into before the race. Leading into Turn One was a relief, to be honest, as I could see in my mirrors that it was very busy behind me. But from then on I was able to control the pace and take the win. Strategy-wise we had to play it safe. It maybe wasn't the quickest option - but we had to cover the risk of a safety car."


Hamilton beats Rosberg to Bahrain Grand Prix pole

It was business as usual for Mercedes as they continue to carry their dominance of the 2015 campaign into the new season, locking out the front row of the grid in as many races this season with Lewis Hamilton claiming the 51st Pole Position of his career, taking P1 ahead of his teammate Nico Rosberg by just 0.077 seconds at Al Sakhir circuit ahead of tomorrow's Bahrain Grand Prix.

Hamilton's lap of 1:29.493 is a ridiculous 3 full seconds quicker that last season, putting him at the head of the field for the second time in Bahrain.


Rosberg opens 2016 season with a win, Hamilton & Vettel complete the podium


A Rosberg stood on the top step of the podium at the Australian Grand Prix for the second time in 20+ years as Nico followed in the footsteps of his father Keke to win the opening race of the 2016 season at Albert Park this morning.

Formula One fans couldn't have asked for a more exciting race to start the season with the two Ferraris taking over the lead of the Australian Grand Prix right at the start with Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen doing better than the two Mercedes cars in front of them, getting away brilliantly from the line. Nico Rosberg was able to move into third place, while Lewis Hamilton was shunted all the way down to 6th after having to concede track position to Rosberg, who might have also forced his teammate to go a little wide.


Lewis Hamilton on Pole at 2016 Australian Grand Prix

The 2016 Formula One season got underway in full earnest today as Qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix took place at Albert Park. After a frenetic opening to qualifying thanks to the new format introduced this season, the end of the session finished in rather predictable and in reality slightly disappointing fashion as only the two Mercedes cars were left jostling for position at the head of the field with Lewis Hamilton grabbing Pole Position with a 1:23.837 lap, 0.360s quicker than his teammate Nico Rosberg. Also rather predictably the second row of the grid will be locked out by Ferrari with Sebastian Vettel running quicker than teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

Here's how qualifying unfolded:


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