Japanese GP: Rosberg pips Hamilton to pole at Suzuka

Nico Rosberg beats his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

Hamilton, who leads Rosberg by three points in the championship, suffered from a crash at the end of third practice and ended up qualifying 0.197secs slower than his German team-mate.

The session took place against the backdrop of big changes in the F1 driver line-up for 2015, with Red Bull announcing that four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel will leave the team at the end of the season.

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