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Summary

  1. Rosberg on pole, Hamilton 10th after engine failure
  2. Hamilton could drop further down grid depending on investigation and engine penalties
  3. Bottas 2nd, Raikkonen 3rd, Massa 4th, Ricciardo 5th
  4. Vettel 7th after grid penalty
  5. Race coverage on Sunday from 11:30 BST

Live Reporting

By Chris Osborne

All times stated are UK

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  1. Runaway Rosberg

    Rosberg and Piquet

    Anyway. All this Hamilton chat has distracted us from the achievement of Nico Rosberg today. 

    The German has 24 poles - level with legend Nelson Piqiuet.

    Join me tomorrow from 11:30 BST to find out if he can convert that into a race win.

    Until then, have a read of Andrew Benson's qualifying report and have a tremendous Saturday night.

  2. McLaren getting there?

  3. Kimi's mix-tape goes wrong?

    Kimi missed the last corner. Lindy reckons my Kimi mix-tape is to blame!

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    Are Mercedes favouring Nico Rosberg?

    (I'll give you a clue - they're not)

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    BBC Radio 5 live Formula 1 analyst

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    You're not Oliver Stone, however.

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    And there's more...

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    A remarkable number of you are crying foul play over Lewis Hamilton's mechanical issues.

  9. Level pegging

    Merc & RB

    Nico Rosberg's P1 draws Mercedes level on 57 poles with Red Bull.

  10. 'We would like two cars at the front'

    Wolff

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff on BBC Radio 5 live: "There is no side of the garage that cherishes this. Everyone feels for the other side. It seems to be the same issue we had in Shanghai, although we changed all the parts.

    "There is no explanation - it is a mechanical sport. It's early days but it leaves a bitter sweet feeling with the pole and a DNF.

    "It's a very complex technology and we need to find out how we can sort things.

    "There is no explanation. We don't feel good about it, we would like two cars fighting at the front."

  11. 'It's a good track for us'

    Bottas

    Valtteri Bottas, who finished in P3 but will start second on the grid: “It was very good in qualifying. I'm really pleased with how it has gone all weekend. The car is feeling better and it's a good track for us. I'm pleased, but it is tomorrow that counts. So far my Sundays have not been great."

  12. 'We start on the clean side'

    Qualifying

    Sebastian Vettel, who finished in P2, but will start seventh on the grid: “I would like the gap to be smaller, but in Q2 we saw Nico is very strong. For us it was the maximum.

    "P2 helps tomorrow with the penalty. We can start on the clean side. The car is good and the weekend is strong.

    "I’m not frustrated by unreliability, it is part of racing, not done on purpose. We are pushing hard to try to catch up."

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  14. Thumbs up

    Who's got two thumbs and is on pole?

    This guy!

    Rosberg
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    Pole-placed Nico Rosberg: “I was confident the lap was good enough because in Q2 Ferrari were far away and Lewis did not participate. I was sure enough, but you never know. I was glad when Seb passed the line that it was good enough.

    On Hamilton and Vettel: “I was focused on myself and going for it and I felt great. From Q2 onwards it felt awesome. My race is a little easier tomorrow. The opposition are still there and I need to focus and get the job done."

  16. 'I hope there is no penalty'

    Mercedes boss Toto Wolff on Sky Sports: "It's a very bizarre situation. It seems like the same failure as in Shanghai, which means we have to reassess the root cause of the failure. its motor racing and it can happen. He seems to have all the bad luck and the other side of the garage has all the luck.

    "I hope there is no penalty for Lewis. But we need to discuss with the FIA what we want to do and make it without a penalty.

    "It's getting tough for Lewis now and I have no doubt he will come out of it. But he has every right to be upset."

  17. Post update

    There's a lot of folks suggesting Mercedes are in some way making sure Nico Rosberg wins the world title.

    Can't get on board with that, I'm afraid.

    Lewis Hamilton, Toto Wolff and Nico Rosberg
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