Japanese Grand Prix — Nico Rosberg Takes Pole From Lewis Hamilton By A Whisker

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Nico Rosberg has snatched pole position from his teammate Lewis Hamilton by a whisker of a gap at the Japanese Grand Prix this weekend.

The German driver was only second fastest until his final run. But managed to pull off a quick lap in the dying seconds of the qualifying session and took pole by just 0.013 seconds. Hamilton had to settle for second on the grid for Sunday's race.

This is Rosberg's eighth pole of the 2016 Formula One season equalling his teammate Hamilton's tally.

Ferrari was the only team which came close to challenge the Mercedes in the qualifying session.

Finnish driver Kimi Räikkönen finished the qualifying session in the third position with Sebastian Vettel behind him in fourth. But Vettel has a three-place grid penalty so he will start seventh on the grid.

Red Bull had not enough pace at the Suzuka circuit to challenge the Ferrari or Mercedes and had to settle for the fifth and sixth position.

Force India driver Sergio Perez finished in seventh position o be the fastest Force India, his teammate Nico Hulkenberg managed to finish ninth.

The Haas team got both their cars into Q3 for the first time in the season, with Romain Grosjean in eighth and Esteban Gutierrez rounding off the top ten.

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Story first published: Saturday, October 8, 2016, 16:43 [IST]
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