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Nico Rosberg Pips Lewis Hamilton For Japanese Grand Prix Pole

Updated: 08 October 2016 13:43 IST

Nico Rosberg had been faster than Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton all throughout the Japanese Grand Prix weekend before taking pole.

Nico Rosberg Pips Lewis Hamilton For Japanese Grand Prix Pole
Nico Rosberg pipped Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton to take pole for the Japanese Grand Prix. © AP

Suzuka:

Nico Rosberg stormed to pole position at the Japanese Grand Prix for a third successive year on Saturday, piling more pressure on world champion Lewis Hamilton.

The German, who has a 23-point lead over Hamilton in the Formula One championship with five races to go, will start alongside his British foe on the front row as the two Mercedes continued their domination in Suzuka.

Rosberg has been quickest all weekend, while Hamilton has been forced to play second fiddle after being cruelly robbed of victory in Malaysia by an engine fire six days ago.

The triple world champion asked questions of his bitter rival, but Rosberg produced a superb lap to pip Hamilton by just 0.013s in a nail-biting finish to qualifying for Sunday's race.

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen will start from third, next to Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

"I knew I could do it. I just had to get my head down and nail it," said Rosberg.

 

 

Highlights
  • Nico Rosberg took pole for Japanese Grand Prix
  • Lewis Hamilton will start second at Suzuka
  • Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen will start third on Sunday
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