Nico Rosberg has described his pole position as a ''very special feeling''. Rosberg posted a laptime of 1mn35.121s, half a second clear of rest of the field.
"It went really well and it's a very special feeling," Rosberg said. "Now obviously l am looking forward to starting first and the race!
Both the Mercedes drivers made the most of 'double DRS' with Rosberg and Schumacher sealing the first row of the grid(after Hamilton's penalty).
"The track was was cooling off, the temperatures were coming down, so the rear tyres started working better. We changed setup before the last run and I did a perfect lap."
The 26 year old qualified in top 10 at Australia and Malaysia, but failed to score points in either of the races.
''For me this is the start of the season because the first two races haven't gone too well," he added. "It's not bad to start first and obviously that's fantastic, but of course it's pretty clear that in the race we have not been as good as in qualifying lately. We are working very hard to try and improve that, but it's not something that you can change in a few weeks, it's something that takes some time - but I think we're making good progress in the race and that's important."
However, the German was concerned about the race.
"It is clear in the race we have not been as quick as in qualifying, but we are making progress, we will try our best and work tonight and see what we can do with setup electronically and then make the most of it," he said.
"It's difficult to know exactly where we'll be tomorrow because the conditions are changing and if it becomes a little bit colder that might help us. I don't really know how it's going to go, I'm going to try my best and for sure I'll work hard tonight to try and do the final few details on the setup, electronically specifically, and then make the most of it."
Mercedes team principal Ross Brown also appreciated Rosberg.
"It was an exceptional qualifying session for us and I am very pleased with the way the whole team worked to achieve it. It was quite an exceptional lap by Nico. He hasn't had a great first couple of races in that respect and today we saw what he can do. The middle sector he did was just incredible." he said