Chinese Grand Prix 2015 live: Lewis Hamilton leads Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel as Mercedes return to the front

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Latest news and talking points:

  • Lewis Hamilton starts from pole ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg.
  • Sebastian Vettel starts in third having won last time out in Malaysia.
  • Williams pair of Felipe Massa and Valterri Bottas line-up next to each other ahead of Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen.
  • Jenson Button starts 17th ahead of Fernando Alonso as McLaren-Honda continue to struggle for pace.
  • Increased security will be at the circuit due to Friday's unwelcome track invasion during practice.
  • The Chinese Grand Prix begins at 7am BST.

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Starting grid:

1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) Mercedes GP 1min 35.782secs,

2 Nico Rosberg(Ger) Mercedes GP 1:35.824,

3 Sebastian Vettel(Ger) Ferrari 1:36.687,

4 Felipe Massa(Bra) Williams 1:36.954,

5 Valtteri Bottas(Fin) Williams 1:37.143,

6 Kimi Raikkonen(Fin) Ferrari 1:37.232,

7 Daniel Ricciardo(Aus) Red Bull 1:37.540,

8 Romain Grosjean(Fra) Lotus F1 Team 1:37.905,

9 Felipe Nasr(Bra)Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.067,

10 Marcus Ericsson(Swe)Sauber-Ferrari 1:38.158,

11 Pastor Maldonado(Ven)Lotus F1 Team 1:38.134,

12 Daniil Kvyat(Rus) Red Bull 1:38.209,

13 Max Verstappen(Ned) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:38.393,

14 Carlos Sainz(Spa)Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:38.538,

15 Sergio Perez(Mex)Force India 1:39.290,

16 Nico Hulkenberg(Ger)Force India 1:39.216,

17 Jenson Button(Gbr)McLaren 1:39.276,

18 Fernando Alonso(Spa)McLaren 1:39.280,

19 Will Stevens(Gbr)Manor Marussia F1 1:42.091,

20 Roberto Merhi(Spa) Manor Marussia F1 1:42.842

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