Nico Rosberg on Pole for Belgian Grand Prix

German Nico Rosberg claimed his seventh pole of the season after he finished almost a quarter of a second faster than British teammate Lewis Hamilton.

updated: August 23, 2014 19:03 IST
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Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg of Germany, center, shows thumb up after he qualified for pole position.

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Spa, Belgium: World championship leader Nico Rosberg secured his fourth pole position in succession on Saturday when he topped the times ahead of his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a tense and wet qualifying session for Sunday's Belgian Grand Prix. (Racecentre)

The 29-year-old German clocked a best lap of two minutes and 5.698 seconds to outpace his British partner in treacherous and capricious conditions at the sprawling 7.004-km circuit in the forests of the Belgian Ardennes.

Hamilton struggled with his brakes and handling in the slippery conditions, but will start alongside Rosberg on the front row as he seeks to trim his 11 points lead in the drivers' championship with eight races remaining.

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