British Grand Prix 2014: Nico Rosberg takes pole position
British Grand Prix 2014: Nico Rosberg takes pole position ahead of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and McLaren's Jenson Button
Nico Rosberg is on pole for Sunday’s British Grand Prix after his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton ended up sixth.
Hamilton was setting the pace in a rain-affected qualifying session at Silverstone but aborted his final lap and slipped down the field.
Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel was second ahead of McLaren’s Jenson Button, Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen.
Mercedes executive director Paddy Lowe said: “He [Hamilton] felt the lap was worse and bailed out, which was unfortunate because there was a lot of time left in sector three.
“These conditions are always tricky and the first run in Q3 sector three was down because it was wet, but in the last run the final sector was quicker because it has dried quite a bit.”
After securing his fourth pole position of the season, drivers’ championship leader Nico Rosberg said: “It was definitely quite crazy – certainly in first qualifying it was and last qualifying also.
“The tyres were still drying out so we lost time on the out lap. We sat in the garage and eventually came to the conclusion that we might as well go out out and have a look.
“Then it seemed like it was worth it because the last part of the lap was very dry. It was a great team effort.”
British Grand Prix 2014: Qualifying times
1. Nico Rosberg Germany Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 35.766s
2. Sebastian Vettel Germany Red Bull-Renault 1m 37.386s
3. Jenson Button Britain McLaren-Mercedes 1m 38.200s
4. Nico Hulkenberg Germany Force India-Mercedes 1m 38.329s
5. Kevin Magnussen Denmark McLaren-Mercedes 1m 38.417s
6. Lewis Hamilton Britain Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 39.232s
7. Sergio Perez Mexico Force India-Mercedes 1m 40.457s
8. Daniel Ricciardo Australia Red Bull-Renault 1m 40.606s
9. Daniil Kvyat Russia Toro Rosso-Renault 1m 40.707s
10. Jean-Eric Vergne France Toro Rosso-Renault 1m 40.855s
11. Romain Grosjean France Lotus-Renault 1m 38.496s
12. Jules Bianchi France Marussia-Ferrari 1m 38.709s
13. Max Chilton Briton Marussia-Ferrari 1m 39.800s*
14. Esteban Gutierrez Mexico Sauber-Ferrari 1m 40.912s**
15. Pastor Maldonado Venezuela Lotus-Renault 1m 44.018s
16. Adrian Sutil Germany Sauber-Ferrari No time
17. Valtteri Bottas Finland Williams-Mercedes 1m 45.318s
18. Felipe Massa Brazil Williams-Mercedes 1m 45.695s
19. Fernando Alonso Spain Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 45.935s
20. Kimi Raikkonen Finland Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 46.684s
21. Marcus Ericsson Sweden Caterham-Renault 1m 49.421s
22. Kamui Kobayashi Japan Caterham-Renault 1m 49.625s