Nico Rosberg has to face up to starting from the outside of row one for another grand prix after Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton overcame early weekend woes to claim an eighth pole in nine races for 2015.

Rosberg had been the man to beat on Friday and, even though Hamilton topped FP3 on Saturday morning, it was the German back in front through the first two phases of qualifying, setting him up for a shot at pole. However, it was Hamilton who posted the fastest time on the first run on Q3 and, when neither improved on their second attempt, was able to hold onto top spot.

"The first lap was really good, so there's not much to say about that," Rosberg admitted, "Lewis was one tenth quicker, which was annoying, but that's the way it is.

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"On the last run, nobody improved, or not many did, but there was something wrong with my left front, so I had big understeer - something was very wrong so we need to look into what it was. It's a shame as it was all to play for on the second run, and I was still pushing hard as the chance was there because it was so close."