Formula One: Rosberg takes pole for Bahrain GP

German driver Nico Rosberg will start from pole for the seventh time in his career after Saturday posting the fastest time in qualifying for Sunday's Bahrain Grand Prix.

The 27-year-old - whose sole win in Formula One came in last year's China Grand Prix - timed 1min 32.330sec to give Mercedes their second successive pole position.

Team-mate Lewis Hamilton started from pole in the Chinese Grand Prix last Sunday.

Rosberg edged out Red Bull's three-time defending world champion Sebastian Vettel while Spain's two-time world champion Fernando Alonso will start from third on the grid in his Ferrari.