Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg will start Sunday’s inaugural European Grand Prix at the Baku circuit in Azerbaijan from pole position securing his third P1 start of the season after setting a fastest time of 01:42.758s and will be joined on the front row by Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo after Sahara Force India’s Sergio Perez was handed a 5 place gearbox penalty.
Sebastian Vettel in his Ferrari will start the race from 3rd place for Ferrari after setting an identical time to Ricciardo of 01:43.966s. Kimi Raikkonen in the second Ferrari will start the race from 4th place after setting a fastest time of 01.44.269s.
Felipe Massa in the Williams will start the race from fifth place after setting a time of 01:45.494s just ahead of Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat.
Sahara Force India’s Sergio ‘Checo’ Perez will start the race from seventh place despite setting the second fastest time in qualifying a 01:43.515s as the Mexican was hit with a five place grid penalty for an unscheduled gearbox change.
Valtteri Bottas in the second Williams will start the race from eighth place just ahead of Max Verstappen who felt that the Finn destroyed his laps.
It was a disastrous session for reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton as the three time world champion stopped on track with 2 minutes and 5 seconds to go bringing out the red flag. The Englishman rounded out the top ten.
The Haas F1 Team’s Romain Grosjean was left disappointed after narrowly missing out on a place in Q3 and will start the race from 11th place having set a fastest time in Q2 of 01:44.755s and will start the race just ahead of the Sahara Force India of Nico Hulkenberg who had been told to start a new flying lap at the end of the session but slowed his car down as he went over the line.
Toro Rosso’s Carlos Sainz starts the race from 13th place just ahead of McLaren Honda’s Fernando Alonso. Esteban Gutierrez in the second Haas starts the race from 15th place just ahead of the Sauber of Felipe Nasr.
The Manor Racing team did a fantastic job in qualifying as both Rio Haryanto and Pascal Wehrlein will start the race ahead of both Renault’s and a McLaren in 17th and 18th place respectively. Jenson Button who showed strong pace in practice was left disappointed as the 2009 world champion will start the race from 19th place just ahead of the Sauber of Marcus Ericsson while the Renault Sport F1 Team pairing of Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer rounded out the grid in 21st and 22nd place.