Nico Rosberg enters Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix with a golden opportunity to extend his early lead at the top of the Formula 1 drivers’ championship after picking up his first pole position of the season in qualifying.
After seeing Mercedes teammate and perennial rival Lewis Hamilton suffer an engine issue in Q1 that resigned him to the back of the grid, Rosberg saw off the challenge from Red Bull and Ferrari to take the 23rd pole position of his F1 career.
With Rosberg at the front and Hamilton at the back, the scales are tipped heavily in the German’s favor as he looks to add to the 17-point advantage he already has over his teammate.
Should Rosberg win, it would mark his sixth victory in a row and third from the start of the season. No driver has achieved either of those feats and not won the championship.
That said, the weight of expectation is heavy on Rosberg’s shoulders, setting the stage for a thrilling race in China on Sunday.
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