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Formula One: Rosberg takes pole ahead of Hamilton

Published on Jun 8, 2014 6:16 AM
Pole position winner Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg celebrates at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on June 7, 2014 after the qualifying session for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix. -- PHOTO: AFP

MONTREAL (AFP) - Nico Rosberg continued to enjoy his ascendancy over Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton on Saturday when he snatched pole position for Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.

Championship leader Rosberg produced a near-flawless lap of controlled speed around the barrier-lined Circuit Gilles Villeneuve to outpace his nearest championship rival by just 0.079 seconds in the final seconds of a dramatic qualifying session.  

Two weeks after his controversial pole success at the Monaco Grand Prix, the German erased all doubts about his raw speed and talent as he drove with precision and pace to secure his first pole in Canada, his second pole in succession and the seventh of his career.  

It was his third pole performance this year and came at a track where Hamilton has always shone and previously claimed three poles. It was also the Mercedes team’s fourth front row lockout this year.  

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