Rosberg beats Hamilton to pole in Mexico

Sat Oct 31, 2015 5:28pm EDT
 
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By Alan Baldwin

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg said it was "business as usual" after beating Mercedes team mate Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the fourth race in a row on Saturday in the first Formula One qualifying held in Mexico since 1992.

German Rosberg will hope Sunday's race breaks a bitter sequence after converting only two of his last 10 poles into victory. Triple world champion Hamilton has won the last three from second place.

The Briton, who clinched his third championship in Texas last weekend, will again start alongside on the front row with every intention of winning in front of what promises to be a huge and lively crowd.

"It's a good start for sure, starting on pole," said Rosberg. "It's going to be a long run down to turn one so it's going to be an exciting battle and then I'm sure we have a good race car."

Asked whether the pole was 'Angry Nico' fighting back, he shook his head: "Definitely not. There’s no difference, it’s attack like always.

"It’s three more races to go, great to be here in Mexico, great track, I really enjoy driving here so business as usual."

The pair banged wheels into the first corner in Austin, with Rosberg losing out, and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel was clearly hoping for more fireworks at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez.

"Can you make sure you take both of you out so I can go through?", joked Vettel, who qualified third, to a stony silence from the Mercedes duo.   Continued...

 
Mercedes' Nico Rosberg (C) celebrates qualifying in pole position with second placed Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton (R) and Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel who qualified in third place. Mandatory Credit: Action Images / Hoch Zwei