Hamilton pips Rosberg to take fifth Chinese pole

Lewis Hamilton secured his fifth pole position in China and his third of the 2015 season as he pipped team-mate Nico Rosberg by just 0.042 of a second.

The Mercedes duo enjoyed a clear advantage as both got below the 1:36 mark, leaving third-placed Sebastian Vettel almost a second down on Hamilton's best.

The winner last time out in Malaysia starts ahead of Williams duo Felipe Massa and Valtteri Bottas, whilst his own team-mate starts down in sixth after he struggled for pace in Q3.

Daniel Ricciardo was the best placed Renault powered car to take sixth ahead of Romain Grosjean and the two Sauber cars which surprised once again.

Pastor Maldonado narrowly missed the Q3 cut by just a few tenths. He starts 11th ahead of the second Red Bull, the two Toro Rossos and the Force India pair.

McLaren failed to escape Q1 despite their confidence. Jenson Button outqualified Fernando Alonso yet again, albeit by the smallest of margins.

We're likely to see the first full grid of the season after Manor managed to get both cars out on track to qualify within the 107 per cent time.

# Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3
01. L. Hamilton Mercedes 1:38.285 1:36.423 1:35.782
02. N. Rosberg Mercedes 1:38.496 1:36.747 1:35.824
03. S. Vettel Ferrari 1:38.502 1:36.957 1:36.687
04. F. Massa Williams 1:38.433 1:37.357 1:36.954
05. V. Bottas Williams 1:38.014 1:37.763 1:37.143
06. K. Raikkonen Ferrari 1:37.790 1:37.109 1:37.232
07. D. Ricciardo Red Bull 1:38.534 1:37.939 1:37.540
08. R. Grosjean Lotus 1:38.209 1:38.063 1:37.905
09. F. Nasr Sauber 1:38.521 1:38.017 1:38.067
10. M. Ericsson Sauber 1:38.941 1:38.127 1:38.158
11. P. Maldonado Lotus 1:38.563 1:38.134
12. D. Kvyat Red Bull 1:39.051 1:38.209
13. M. Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:38.387 1:38.393
14. C. Sainz Jr Toro Rosso 1:38.622 1:38.538
15. S. Perez Force India 1:38.903 1:39.290
16. N. Hulkenberg Force India 1:39.216

17. J. Button McLaren 1:39.276  
18. F. Alonso McLaren 1:39.280  
19. W. Stevens Manor 1:42.091  
20. R. Merhi Manor 1:42.842