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Images from qualifying in Baku for the 2016 European Grand Prix in Azerbaijan
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Nico on top as F1 blasts off in Baku

Jun 182016

The Silver Arrows launched into the unknown this weekend, with Formula One touching down at the crossroads of Europe and Asia, in Azerbaijan, for the 2016 European Grand Prix, and the fastest and longest street race the sport has ever seen.

As it turned out, qualifying was as divisive for the MERCEDES AMG PETRONAS Formula One Team, as the new venue was for the entire F1 grid, with Nico Rosberg taking a laser guided pole position, and team mate Lewis Hamilton forced to start tenth after knocking himself out of Q3.

Lewis had been on pole position challenging pace up until his incident at Turn 12, which broke the front right suspension of his Mercedes, having set a series of purple (fastest) sectors on the 6km (3.72mile) Baku City Circuit.

Despite his raw speed however it had been a pretty messy Saturday afternoon for the reigning world champion however, who came into Baku riding high after his back-to-back wins in Monaco and Canada closed the gap on his team-mate’s championship lead to just nine points.

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