Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg secured pole position at the first ever European GP at the Baku City Circuit in Azerbaijan. A blisteringly quick 1:42.758 lap time marks Rosbergâ€™s third pole position in the 2016 season. Force Indiaâ€™s strong performance at the new city circuit was evident with Sergio Perez securing P2 with a lap time of 1:43.515.
Lewis Hamilton on the other hand had a hard time at qualifying today, getting blocked by Hulkenburg, plenty of near misses with the barriers. Hamilton eventually collided with one in Q3, forcing him to retire and settle with P10. The real â€˜on-the-edge-of-your-seatâ€™ moment however, was in the final moments of qualifying, when RBRâ€™s Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrariâ€™s Sebastian Vettel set identical lap times of 1:43.966. Ricciardo will start the race at P3 in front of Vettel due to the Australian completing the lap first.
Meanwhile, both Mclarens couldnâ€™t keep up with the pack and settled with Alonso at P14 and Button at P19.
The European GP will commence tomorrow at 13:00 GMT.