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Formula 1 2012 Chinese Grand Prix: Nico Rosberg Claims First Pole Position

Nico Rosberg will start on pole position for the 2012 Chinese Grand Prix. The Mercedes driver set a time of 1:35.121 to claim his first ever pole position, more than half a second ahead of Lewis Hamilton in the McLaren. But Michael Schumacher will start second after Hamilton takes his five-place grid penalty for an unscheduled change of gearbox—an all Mercedes (and German) front row.Kamui Kobayashi will start third after putting in a blistering time for Sauber, and Kimi Raikkonen took fourth for Lotus. Jenson Button starts fifth with Mark Webber in sixth. Hamilton set the second-fastest time, but his penalty places him seventh. Perhaps the biggest shock of the day was Sebastian Vettel missing out on Q3 for the first time since the Bra...

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