6 Jul 2014

Rosberg takes British GP pole

8:17 am on 6 July 2014

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for tomorrow's British Grand Prix with a late fastest lap in the final seconds of a dramatic and shock-filled qualifying session.

The 29-year-old German secured the prime starting position by persevering on his final lap in drying conditions as Mercedes team-mate and home hero Briton Lewis Hamilton pulled into the pits, thinking, like most observers, that he was already safe on pole.

It was a sensational finish to an afternoon when both Ferraris and both Williams cars were eliminated in the first session.

It was Rosberg's fourth pole of the year, drawing him level with Hamilton.

It was also the German's first pole at Silverstone and the eighth of his career and gave him a great opportunity to extend his 29 point lead in the drivers' championship.

Hamilton had dominated until the final seconds when, thinking he was secure, he went to the pits while his rivals improved their times by more than three seconds in the final sector of the lap.

Rosberg's fellow German, defending four time champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull, qualified second ahead of Briton Jenson Button of McLaren, German Nico Hulkenberg of Force India and Danish rookie Kevin Magnussen who was fifth for McLaren.

Hamilton wound up in sixth place ahead of Mexican Sergio Perez in the second Force India and Australian Daniel Ricciardo in the second Red Bull.