Rosberg takes pole, Hamilton crashes out

By on Saturday, June 18, 2016
Mercedes AMG Petronas

Mercedes AMG Petronas

Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the European Grand Prix as Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton crashed out of Q3 and will start only 10th.

Hamilton had a messy session and went wide on his first flying lap before clipping the inside barrier at Turn 10, causing terminal damage to the front right of his W07 Hybrid.

Rosberg, who was ahead on track, crossed the line to take provisional pole position with a 1:42.758 shortly before the session was halted to allow Hamilton’s car to be recovered.

Sergio Pérez was a standout second for Force India, but will drop to seventh as a result of a gearbox penalty following his practice crash.

Drivers jostled for position with only two minutes left once the session restarted and Daniel Ricciardo snatched a net second from Sebastian Vettel with a last-gasp effort.

Ricciardo and Vettel recorded identical times, but the front row place goes to the Red Bull driver on account of setting it before his rival.

Kimi Räikkönen will start from fourth position, ahead of Felipe Massa, Daniil Kvyat and the penalised Pérez.

Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen were eighth and ninth, ahead of Hamilton.

Romain Grosjean was 11th for Haas while Nico Hülkenberg wasted his fine practice pace by spinning exiting Turn 16, leaving him a lowly 12th.

Carlos Sainz Jr. was only 13th for Force India, with Fernando Alonso the lead McLaren in 14th position.

Esteban Gutiérrez was 15th while Felipe Nasr made a rare Q2 appearance but was the slowest runner in the session and classified in 16th spot.

Manor almost made it through to Q2 as Rio Haryanto and Pascal Wehrlein utilised the Mercedes power unit well to place 17th and 18th.

Jenson Button went wide at Turn 15 and could manage only 19th, aborting his final effort, as Marcus Ericsson placed 20th for Sauber.

Renault endured a dismal session with Kevin Magnussen and Jolyon Palmer at the back of the grid.

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