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.