Rosberg secures pole, Hamilton at the back

Sat Apr 16, 2016 12:21pm EDT
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By Abhishek Takle

SHANGHAI, April 16 (Reuters) – Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix but Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton will start from the back of the grid after suffering engine trouble in qualifying on Saturday.

World champion Hamilton failed to set a time and did not even make it past the opening session after a lack of power forced him back into the pits.

The Briton, who will start Sunday's race with a new power unit, took to the track to attempt a lap despite having complained to his team early on over the radio.

Hamilton, who last mounted the top step of the podium at the U.S. Grand Prix in October, arrived in China hoping to turn the tables on his German colleague.

Championship leader Rosberg has won the last five races, including both 2016 grands prix, and holds a 17-point advantage over his team mate.

Triple champion Hamilton, carrying a five-place grid penalty for changing his gearbox, was already on the back foot as he looked to add to his record four Chinese victories with a third successive Shanghai win on Sunday.

"These things are sent to try us and I am sure we will learn from it," said Hamilton who went on to finish on the podium the last time he started at the back of the grid in Hungary in 2014.

"The car is quick. Hopefully they get the issue fixed and we can have a race tomorrow."   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany after qualifying session. REUTERS/Aly Song