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Motor racing: Rosberg under investigation after Monaco pole ahead of Hamilton

Published on May 24, 2014 10:15 PM
Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg drives at the Monaco street circuit during the qualifying session of the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix in Monte Carlo on May 24, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MONACO (REUTERS) - Germany's Nico Rosberg took a controversial pole position at the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday, after an incident that denied unhappy Mercedes team-mate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton the chance to beat him.

Formula One stewards opened an immediate investigation into Rosberg's lock-up at the Mirabeau corner in the dying seconds that brought out the yellow warning flags at a crucial moment in qualifying.

Hamilton, winner of the last four races, had to settle for second place after aborting his final lap. "I thought it was over," a smiling Rosberg, last year's winner and Hamilton's closest title rival, told reporters.

"I'm happy it worked out. Pole at home is fantastic - it couldn't be better.

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