Nico Rosberg leads his teammate by only two tenth and gets his well deserved pole position. Another Mercedes-powered teammates Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa are in third and fourth respecively.
Nico Rosberg has seized back the momentum in the 2014 title race by out-pacing Lewis Hamilton to qualify on pole position for the Japanese GP
Rosberg had the edge over the World Championship leader throughout Saturday morning’s session, eventually edging out his Mercedes team-mate by two-tenths of a second to claim his eighth pole of the season.
Hamilton was on the backfoot after crashing out in Practice Three, with his Mercedes W05 finally fixed just a few minutes before the qualifying session commenced.
So often the centre of attention, an out-of-sorts Hamilton was emphatically eclipsed by Rosberg’s final run of 1:32.506 – although the German’s effort was itself somewhat overshadowed by the news that Sebastian Vettel is leaving Red Bull at the end of the season and the prospect of Typhoon Phanfone disrupting Sunday’s race.