Nico Rosberg took pole position for the European Grand Prix on Saturday, as Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton endured a scruffing qualifying session.
The Brackley-based team was head and shoulder ahead of the field, leaving Hamilton and Rosberg as the only contenders for pole position.
While Rosberg topped all sessions and eventually secured pole with a time of 1:42.758, Hamilton endured a qualifying session to forget. The Englishman locked up twice, before clipping the wall and turn 10. With his car heavily damaged, he was left down in 10th place.
Meanwhile, Sergio Perez qualified an impressive second, but will drop five places on the grid for a gearbox change.
Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel set identical times in qualifying, but the former will start ahead having set his time earlier in the session.
Kimi Raikkonen in the other Ferrari was fifth quickest, as the Maranello-based turned the tables after a difficult Friday at Baku.
Further back, Williams’ Felipe Massa was sixth in the timesheets, with the Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat qualifying seventh.
Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen nearly tangled on their final lap, leaving them down in eighth and ninth places respectively.
Nico Hulkenberg was the biggest casualty in Q2, having shown top five pace throughout practice. The German spun at turn 16 and his second run was compromised by a yellow flag caused by Esteban Gutierrez.
Earlier in Q1, Jenson Button failed to make the cut, joining the Manors of Rio Haryanto and Pascal Wehrlein and Renault drivers Kevin Magnussen and Sergio Perez.
by Rachit Thukral