Rosberg beats Hamilton to Sochi pole
Sochi Autodrom, Sochi, Russia.
Saturday 10 October 2015.
Nico Rosberg, Mercedes AMG celebrates with Valtteri Bottas, Williams F1 and Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes AMG after taking Pole Position.
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Nico Rosberg claimed his second consecutive pole position in Formula 1, as Mercedes comfortably set the pace in qualifying for the Russian Grand Prix.
The German was faster than Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton throughout the session at Sochi, and he was able to deny the world championship leader a 50th career pole for the second race running.
Cool track conditions meant the drivers had to complete more than one timed lap on a set of tyres to get them up to temperature, and both Mercedes drivers only attempted one run in Q3.
Rosberg lapped 0.320 seconds faster than Hamilton on his first flying lap, before Hamilton made a mistake and went off at Turn 13 on his second flier, so headed for the pits.
Rosberg was 0.160s slower than his best on his second flying lap, but that mattered not, as his earlier time was enough to secure his third pole of the season.
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