Rosberg on pole for Japanese Grand Prix

Rosberg on pole for Japanese Grand Prix
Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg (R) of Germany standing next to team mate Lewis Hamilton of Britain, celebrates after winning pole position in the qualifying session of the Japanese F1 Grand Prix at the Suzuka Circuit October 4, 2014. Hamilton qualified second.

SUZUKA Japan - Germany's Nico Rosberg put Mercedes on pole position for Sunday's Japanese Formula One Grand Prix with championship-leading team mate Lewis Hamilton joining him on the front row.

Finland's Valtteri Bottas qualified third for Williams with Brazilian team mate Felipe Massa fourth.

Hamilton, who leads Rosberg by three points with five races remaining, is chasing a hat-trick of wins and had been on pole in the previous two races.

Ferrari's Fernando Alonso starts fifth.

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