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Nico Rosberg takes pole at Bahrain Grand Prix as penalty over gear box change leaves Lewis Hamilton starting ninth

Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg took pole position at the Bahrain Grand Prix today, finishing ahead of Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull and Fernando Alonso of Ferrari for the race that is being held amid widespread anti-government protests in the divided nation.

Smiles ahead: Lewis Hamilton is delighted after taking pole for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton riding high with Mercedes

The former McLaren driver's switch of teams is looking a good decision

Fernando Alonso celebrates victory at the Chinese Grand Prix

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso wins Chinese Grand Prix

Fernando Alonso took the chequered flag for the first time in 13 races to ignite his Formula One world title challenge this season.

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Lewis Hamilton wins pole position for Mercedes in Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai

Lewis Hamilton lit up the Mercedes garage by grabbing his first pole position for the team since joining them at the start of the year.

Nico Rosberg behind the wheel for Mercedes

F1: Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg ready for favourite Grand Prix in China

Rosberg too the chequered flag last year

Lewis Hamilton: Former world champion said Mercedes debut had surpassed expectations

F1: Lewis Hamilton 'is Mercedes No 1' claims former driver

Team orders suggest former McLaren driver will be given preferential treatment over Nico Rosberg,

Lewis Hamilton inadvertantly pulls into the McLaren pit

F1: Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton pits in the McLaren garage by accident

Lewis Hamilton holds off Nico Rosberg to claim first podium finish for Mercedes... thanks to team orders

Seb Vettel passes Mark Webber yesterday despite team orders not to do so

Sebastian Vettel v Mark Webber: Truce over at Red Bull as Webber fumes at Vettel's grand theft

German apologises after stealing race from team-mate, having ignored Red Bull orders

Fernando Alonso's Malaysian Grand Prix lasted just one lap following a foolish decision made by the Spaniard and Ferrari

Malaysian Grand Prix: Fernando Alonso crashes out after just one lap

Fernando Alonso's Malaysian Grand Prix lasted just one lap following a foolish decision made by the Spaniard and Ferrari.

Fernando Alonso was fourth fastest in both practice sessions yesterday

Malaysian Grand Prix: Fernando Alonso starts the mind games

Spaniard attempts to undermine Raikkonen as drivers' competitive streaks surface early

Lewis Hamilton in Malaysia

F1: Lewis Hamilton promises fireworks after Mercedes is brought up to speed

But former team-mate Jenson Button stuck in slow lane and expecting to suffer again in Sunday’s race

Lewis Hamilton: Former world champion said Mercedes debut had surpassed expectations

Jenson Button 'mentally drained' by McLaren's poor performance

Meanwhile Lewis Hamilton delighted after first race for Mercedes

Jenson Button pictured at the Australian Grand Prix

F1: Jenson Button in damning assessment of McLaren's start to new season

The British team were way off the pace in Australia

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