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F1 championship leader Rosberg takes pole for British GP

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The Canadian Press
7/5/2014 9:53:22 AM
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SILVERSTONE, England -- Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for the British Grand Prix, surpassing Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton on the last lap of a shock-filled and rain-hit qualifying session Saturday.

The German secured pole by persevering on his final lap in drying conditions as Hamilton -- who had the fastest time up to that point -- aborted his lap and pulled into the pits. The Briton qualified a disappointing sixth for his home race.

Defending four-time champion Sebastian Vettel qualified second for Red Bull and McLaren's Jenson Button a surprising third.

Both Ferraris and both Williams were eliminated in the opening Q1 session and will start near the back of the grid.

Nico Rosberg (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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