Rosberg on pole in Brazil with record lap

Sat Nov 8, 2014 4:32pm EST
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By Alan Baldwin

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Germany's Nico Rosberg chalked up his 10th pole position of the season on Saturday after beating team mate Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes sweep of the front row in Brazilian Grand Prix qualifying.

Rosberg seized the top spot with the fastest ever Interlagos pole time of one minute 10.023 seconds, a lap just 0.033 of a second quicker than championship leader Hamilton who will be chasing his 11th win of the season in Sunday's race.

The previous Brazilian GP pole record of 1:10.646 was set by local driver Rubens Barrichello with Ferrari in 2004 when cars had V10 engines rather than the current V6 turbo hybrid power unit.

It was the seventh successive front row lockout for Mercedes and 17th pole of the year for the 'Silver Arrows' who have won 14 races so far and look sure to equal the record of 15 held by Ferrari and McLaren.

Hamilton leads Rosberg by 24 points with two races, and a maximum 75 points, remaining.

The pole came as no surprise, with Rosberg quicker than Hamilton in all practice sessions and every phase of qualifying, even if the final time difference between the two amounted to about two meters on the track.

Complimented on his "perfect job", the German quickly replied: "Perfect job only if it works out tomorrow. I need to make it happen in the race, unlike Austin.

"I have learned from Austin, I know what I need to do better so from that point of view, I look forward to tomorrow," added Rosberg, who secured the sport's inaugural pole position trophy.   Continued...

Mercedes Formula One driver Nico Rosberg of Germany sit on his car during the third practice session of the Brazilian Grand Prix in Sao Paulo November 8, 2014. The Brazilian Grand Prix will be held on Sunday. REUTERS/Nacho Doce