Updated: Saturday, 19 July 2014 21:49 | By Agence France-Presse

Rosberg takes pole for German Grand Prix

Nico Rosberg in a Mercedes took pole position for Sunday's German Grand Prix.

Rosberg takes pole for German Grand Prix

Mercedes' Nico Rosberg drives during the third practice session ahead of the German Grand Prix at the Hockenheimring circuit in Hockenheim, southern Germany, on July 19, 2014 - by Christof Stache

It was a fifth pole position of the year for the German and the ninth of his career.

His main rival for this year's world title, team-mate Lewis Hamilton, crashed out earlier Saturday in qualifying and will start from the back of the grid.

Finland's Valtteri Bottas was second fastest ahead of his Williams teammate Felipe Massa of Brazil.

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