Nico Rosberg claims Suzuka pole ahead of title rival Lewis Hamilton
Championship leader Nico Rosberg turned up the heat on Lewis Hamilton by edging out his title rival to claim pole position for the Japanese Grand Prix.
Rosberg, who leads Hamilton in the standings by 23 points, was just 13 thousandths of a second faster than his Mercedes team-mate in a nail-biting qualifying session in Suzuka on Saturday.
Kimi Raikkonen qualified third for Ferrari, while Red Bull's Max Verstappen will take advantage of Sebastian Vettel's three-place grid penalty to start fourth.
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