Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/9/14

VALENCIA, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 02: Nico Rosberg of Germany and Mercedes GP prepares to drive during winter testing at the Ricardo Tormo Circuit on February 2, 2010 in Valencia, Spain. (Photo by Vladimir Rys/Bongarts/Getty Images)
Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg claimed the first Formula One pole position of his career Saturday, topping qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix. McLaren's Lewis Hamilton qualified second, but will have to start Sunday's race from seventh due to a five-place grid penalty for changing his gearbox. Michael Schumacher qualified third, but will be promoted to start beside his Mercedes teammate on the front row due to Hamilton's penalty. The biggest surprise of qualifying was the absence of world champion Sebastian Vettel from the final session. He missed out on the top 10 by just five hundredths of a second and will start the race from 11th. Rosberg did only one lap in the final session of qualifying to preserve his tires, then watched from the pit to see whether anyone could beat his time. His time was a full half-second ahead of Hamilton. ''It was strange before because I was standing there on my own and everybody else is still going out and I can't do anything anymore. Very strang...
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