Nico Rosberg takes pole for Bahrain Grand Prix

The 27-year-old - whose sole win in Formula One came in last year's China Grand Prix - timed 1min 32.330sec to give Mercedes their second successive pole position.

updated: April 20, 2013 18:42 IST
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Manama: German Nico Rosberg saluted his Mercedes team for their overnight work on improving his car enough to land him pole position on Saturday for Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix.

The 27-year-old - whose sole win came in last year's China Grand Prix - secured the Mercedes team's second successive pole when he clocked a best time of one minute and 32.330 seconds in the final Q3 segment of the qualifying hour.

This enabled him to outpace Germany's three-time defending world champion and championship leader Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull by two-tenths of a second. Spain's two-time world champion Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was third fastest.

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