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Motor racing: Rosberg ends Hamilton's pole run in Bahrain

Published on Apr 6, 2014 6:33 AM
Mercedes AMG Petronas driver Nico Rosberg of Germany sits in his car prior to the start of the qualifying session of the Formula One Bahrain Grand Prix at Bahrain's Sakhir circuit in Manama on April 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MANAMA (REUTERS) - Nico Rosberg planted his Mercedes on pole position for the floodlit Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday after a last-lap error cost teammate Lewis Hamilton his chance of a qualifying hat-trick.

Rosberg, the Formula One championship leader, had been in Hamilton's shadow throughout the practice run but struck when it mattered to secure his first pole since Monaco last May with a best lap of one minute 33.185 seconds.

Hamilton, who won in Malaysia last weekend and was chasing his third successive pole, had to settle for second at the Sakhir circuit.

"I have good memories of this track, winning the GP2 championship and starting my first race in F1. I enjoy coming here and again today, it's suited me," said Rosberg, who won the season-opener in Australia.

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