Nico Rosberg takes pole position ahead of team-mate Lewis Hamilton and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.
With under a minute to go in Q1, Marcus Ericsson is told he has a problem with the car and he is disappointed to hear that. McLaren’s Jenson Button and Sauber’s Felipe Nasr make late improvements to push Fernando Alonso and Sebastian Vettel into the drop zone. Alonso has backed off due to a slow left rear puncture. Vettel has a slow middle sector and cannot improve! Roberto Merhi, Will Stevens, Ericsson, Alonso and Vettel are out. Lewis Hamilton is fastest on a 1:40:974.
Lotuses Romain Grosjean is told to bring the car back slowly as they have a problem with the car with 7 minutes to go in Q2. Lotus send him out for one more lap but the gearbox is done and he stops on the track and that ends his final qualifying for Lotus. Carlos Sainz edges out team-mate Max Verstappen to get into the top 10 for Q3. Grosjean, Nasr, Pastor Maldonado, Button and Verstappen are out. Lewis Hamilton is fastest on a 1:40:758. A good effort by Jenson Button to go 12th.
The first laps in Q3 show that Nico Rosberg is quickest just ahead of Hamilton, Sergio Perez, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo. Hamilton is quicker than Rosberg in sector 2 and 3 and he has provisional pole. But Rosberg is quicker and taken pole by 0.377s! Raikkonen got a great lap and took 3rd ahead of Perez.
1.Rosberg 2.Hamilton 3.Raikkonen 4.Perez 5.Ricciardo 6.Bottas 7.Hulkenberg 8.Massa 9.Kvyat 10.Sainz 11.Verstappen 12.Button 13.Maldonado 14.Nasr 15.Vettel 16.Alonso 17.Ericsson 18.Stevens 19.Grosjean* 20.Merhi*
Grosjean* pulled off the track in Q2 and had to receive a new engine and a 5 place grid penalty. 15th – 19th.
Merhi* will start from the pit lane after Manor changed the suspension set-up in Parc Ferme.
Huge shock in Q1 with Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel getting put out of qualifying alongside McLaren’s Fernando Alonso, who suffered a slow left rear puncture.
Nico Rosberg secured pole position for the 6th time in a row. Great qualifying for Force India’s Sergio Perez in 4th place. Not a great final qualifying for Romain Grosjean in his final weekend with Lotus.