Motor racing: Six in a row for pole sitter Rosberg in Abu Dhabi finale

Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg celebrates after the qualifying session in Abu Dhabi on Nov 28, 2015.
Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 Team's German driver Nico Rosberg celebrates after the qualifying session in Abu Dhabi on Nov 28, 2015. PHOTO: AFP

ABU DHABI (REUTERS) - Nico Rosberg won an Abu Dhabi qualifying battle with Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton on Saturday to take his sixth successive pole position.

The German, who races with the No. 6 on his car, beat triple Formula One world champion Hamilton to the top slot for the second year in a row by three tenths of a second under the Yas Marina floodlights. He timed 1min 40.237sec.

Ferrari's 2007 world champion Kimi Raikkonen and Force India's Sergio Perez filled the second row behind the two Mercedes drivers, who will be chasing a record 12th one-two finish of the season in Sunday's day-to-night race.

Raikkonen's four-time world champion team-mate Sebastian Vettel, winner of three races this year, could qualify only 16th.