Updated: Sunday, 08 June 2014 02:32 | By Agence France-Presse

Rosberg takes pole ahead of Hamilton

Nico Rosberg took pole position for Sunday's Canadian Grand Prix with a commanding demonstration of speed as he outpaced his Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a thrilling conclusion to Saturday's qualifying session.

Rosberg takes pole ahead of Hamilton

Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg drives at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve in Montreal on June 7, 2014 during the third practice session for the Canadian Formula One Grand Prix - by Nicholas Kamm

Two weeks after his controversial pole at the Monaco Grand Prix, Rosberg drove with flawless control to edge beyond his team-mate and nearest title rival by just 0.079 seconds.

The 28-year-old German secured his second successive pole, his third this year and the seventh of his career with a best lap time of one minute and 14.874 seconds to shatter the impression that the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve would see Hamilton regain supremacy over this team-mate.

It was the fourth one-two on the grid for Mercedes this year. It was Rosberg’s first pole in Montreal and came on a circuit where Hamilton had previously won three.

Germany's defending four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel bounced back from an inconsistent weekend to grab third place in his Red Bull car ahead of Finn Valtteri Bottas and his Williams team-mate Felipe Massa of Brazil.

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