It is only the second pole of Rosberg’s career but the second in a row for Mercedes. He timed 1:32.330 to finish 0.254 in front of Vettel _ the three-time defending Formula One champion _ and 0.337 ahead of Alonso, who won last week’s Chinese Grand Prix.
Rosberg screamed into the radio: “Yes! Come on guys, that’s how it’s done.”
Rosberg’s teammate, Lewis Hamilton, was fourth but will start ninth because of a five-grid penalty for a gear box change. Mark Webber of Red Bull, who was fifth but was given a three-grid penalty last week in China, will start seventh.