Nico Rosberg claims pole for British Grand Prix

Last updated 01:56 06/07/2014
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FASTEST FIRST UP: Nico Rosberg set the tone on day one at Silverstone.

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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.

Starting grid from the Formula One British Grand Prix at Silverstone Circuit on Sunday (local time).

1. Nico Rosberg (Germany) Mercedes

2. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull - Renault

3. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren

4. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India - Mercedes

5. Kevin Magnussen (Denmark) McLaren

6. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) Mercedes

7. Sergio Perez (Mexico) Force India - Mercedes

8. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia) RedBull - Renault

9. Daniil Kvyat (Russia) Toro Rosso - Renault

10. Jean-Eric Vergne (France) Toro Rosso - Renault

11. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus - Renault

12. Jules Bianchi (France) Marussia - Ferrari

14. Adrian Sutil (Germany) Sauber - Ferrari

15. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Lotus - Renault

15. Valtteri Bottas (Finland) Williams-Mercedes

16. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Williams-Mercedes

17. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari

18. Max Chilton (Britain) Marussia - Ferrari

19. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Ferrari

20. Marcus Ericsson (Sweden) Caterham - Renault

21. Esteban Gutierrez (Mexico) Sauber - Ferrari

22. Kamui Kobayashi (Japan) Caterham - Renault

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