Motor racing: Mercedes' Rosberg on pole for Japanese F1 Grand Prix

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany gives a thumbs up as he celebrates winning pole position in the qualifying session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on Oct 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS
Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany gives a thumbs up as he celebrates winning pole position in the qualifying session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit on Oct 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

SUZUKA (REUTERS) - Germany's Nico Rosberg put Mercedes on pole position for Sunday's Japanese Formula One Grand Prix with championship-leading team-mate Lewis Hamilton joining him on the front row.

Finland's Valtteri Bottas qualified third for Williams with Brazilian team-mate Felipe Massa fourth.

Hamilton, who leads Rosberg by three points with five races remaining, is chasing a hat-trick of wins and had been on pole in the previous two races.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso starts fifth.