Formula One

 
       === Rosberg grabs pole for British GP, Hamilton qualifies 6th ===
 
 Silverstone,  England (SportsNetwork.com)  - Mercedes  driver and  Formula One
 world  championship  leader Nico Rosberg  will start  on the pole for Sunday's
 British  Grand Prix  after posting the fastest lap during the final seconds of
 qualifying.
 
 With  intermittent  rain during  Saturday's qualifying at Silverstone Circuit,
 Rosberg's  teammate, Lewis Hamilton, held the provisional pole with a lap in 1
 minute,  39.232 seconds  in the  first few  minutes of  the final  round (Q3).
 Hamilton made his lap when the track was soaked by rain.
 
 But  conditions  dramatically improved in  the closing minutes of Q3, allowing
 Rosberg  to  set a  time of 1:35.766  on his final  lap around this 3.667-mile
 (5.891-kilometer),  18-turn  course.  The  German capitalized  on  the  drying
 conditions  to  claim his fourth pole  of the season  and the eighth of his F1
 career.
 
 "Wow,  what a qualifying,"  Rosberg said. "It was so tricky out there with the
 rain  and the  conditions changing  so quickly.  It's very  satisfying to  get
 everything right in these conditions and be able to come out on top. Thanks to
 the team today for guiding me through the hour so well.
 
 "My  last flying  lap was difficult because  we were very tight for time and I
 was  stuck  right up  behind Lewis. Luckily,  he didn't finish  his lap, but I
 remembered  that we were losing three or four seconds in the last corners when
 it  was very  wet. So there was  an opportunity to make a real improvement and
 that I should keep going."
 
 Rosberg is the defending winner of the British GP. He also won the most recent
 grand prix on June 22 in Austria.
 
 "It's  a great  opportunity to  start the  race from  pole, and  I'll give  it
 everything to take the win tomorrow," he added.
 
 Hamilton  made  an attempt in the  final minute of qualifying but surprisingly
 aborted his lap after complaining the track surface was too slippery. The Brit
 will start sixth in his home race. He currently trails Rosberg by 29 points in
 the championship standings.
 
 "I  made  a mistake today  and pulled out  of the lap  when I should have kept
 going,"   Hamilton  said.  "It  was  a  tough  qualifying  with  the  changing
 conditions,  and  we got  through  most  of it  really  well,  until the  most
 important  part.  It  was  my  decision,  a bad  call,  and  that  decided  my
 qualifying."
 
 Red  Bull  driver and  four-time F1 world  champion Sebastian Vettel qualified
 second  with  a lap in 1:37.386,  which was 1.6 seconds behind Rosberg. Vettel
 abandoned his first lap in the opening minutes of Q3 and did not return to the
 track until the final minute.
 
 "We  went  out for one  flying lap at  the end, and  it was quite difficult to
 believe  on the  lap that it would be  dry enough, but this is a funny place,"
 Vettel said. "It was a very weird session, a lot of rain, no rain, drizzling."
 
 Vettel  had the fastest lap in the final practice session, held earlier in the
 day.
 
 Jenson  Button from McLaren qualified a season-best third in front of his home
 crowd.
 
 Nico  Hulkenberg  placed his  Force India  fourth on  the grid, while Button's
 teammate, Kevin Magnussen, secured the fifth spot.
 
 Finishing  seventh  through 10th  in qualifying were:  Sergio Perez from Force
 India  and Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo followed by Toro Rosso teammates Daniil
 Kvyat and Jean-Eric Vergne.
 
 Ferrari drivers Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen as well as the Williams duo
 of  Valtteri Bottas and  Felipe Massa failed to advance into Q1 and will start
 far  back  in the field  for this 52-lap race.  Massa and Bottas finished 1-2,
 respectively, in qualifying for the Austrian GP.
 
 "It  was  really a missed  opportunity to  get the car  in a good position for
 tomorrow,"  Massa said.  "We didn't expect the rain, and the track was drying,
 so we had to get the lap in. The moment it started raining again, that was it.
 It  was over.  We have a lot to do  tomorrow, and it will not be easy, but the
 car is quicker than where we are."
 
 07/05 11:11:33 ET

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