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Formula One: Rosberg snatches pole at British Grand Prix

Published on Jul 6, 2014 6:21 AM
Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany celebrates his pole position ahead of the British Grand Prix at the Silverstone Race Circuit, central England, on July 5, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SILVERSTONE, United Kingdom (AFP) - Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for Sunday’s British Grand Prix with a late fastest lap in the final seconds of a dramatic and shock-filled qualifying session on Saturday.

The 29-year-old German secured the prime starting position by persevering on his final lap in rapidly-drying conditions as Mercedes team-mate and home hero Briton Lewis Hamilton pulled into the pits, thinking like most observers that he was already safe on pole.

It was a sensational finish to an unpredictable session that saw both Ferrari and both Williams eliminated in the Q1 part of qualifying and which delivered surprises throughout.

For Rosberg, it was his fourth pole of the year, drawing him level with Hamilton, his first at Silverstone and the eighth of his career and gave him a great opportunity to enlarge his 29 points lead in the drivers’ championship.

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