Lewis Hamilton
Lewis Hamilton took his third consecutive and fifth overall pole at the Shanghai International Circuit.Getty

It was Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton yet again starting on pole at the Shanghai International circuit for the third time in a row and fifth time overall that he has started at the front.

It was a fitting pole for the Briton as he has dominated the entire weekend, finishing top in every practice session. Nico Rosberg was close but just not close enough to challenge the 2014 World Champion.

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Qualifying Review

Mercedes are back on track after being shocked by Ferrari in Malaysia and locked out the front row at the Shanghai International circuit.

It was Lewis Hamilton on pole for the third consecutive time, with Rosberg in second, still trying to reach the level of his teammate. The Briton was a deserved candidate for pole after dominating all three sessions in practice.

Rosberg will be desperate to try and knock Hamilton off his perch and open his win account for the season, but with the form the Briton is displaying, it will be hard for the German to stop him.

It was yet again Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who was the closest to the Mercedes cars albeit almost a second behind Hamilton's pole lap.

The Williams' of Felipe Massa and Valterri Bottas have made a step forward after they beat Kimi Raikkonen in his Ferrari to round out the top five.

McLaren's struggles continue as both Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button, who showed promise during practice were knocked out in Q1.

Top 10 results of qualifying session from the Shanghai International Circuit, China:

  1. LC Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes 1:35.782
  2. N Rosberg (GER) Mercedes 1:35.824
  3. S Vettel (GER) Ferrari 1:36.687
  4. F Massa (BRA) Williams 1:36.954
  5. V Bottas (FIN) Williams 1:37.143
  6. KM Räikkönen (FIN) Ferrari 1:37.232
  7. D Ricciardo (AUS) Red Bull 1:37.540
  8. R Grosjean (FRA) Lotus 1:37.905
  9. F Nasr (BRA) 1:38.067
  10. M Ericsson (SWE) 1:38.158