Rosberg on pole in Russia as Hamilton's car fails again

SOCHI, Russia (AP) Formula One leader Nico Rosberg took pole position for the Russian Grand Prix while Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton was 10th after another car failure ended his qualifying session early on Saturday.

With Rosberg leading the standings by 36 points, Sunday's race offers the German a chance to take the title race farther out of the defending champion's reach in just the fourth race of the season.

Rosberg and Hamilton traded fastest times in the first two sessions, far ahead of the competition, but their contest ended abruptly with a repeat of the power unit problem that left Hamilton at the back of the grid for the last race in China.

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Formula 1 Leaders: Points
RankDriverPointsWins
1 N.Rosberg 75 3
2 L.Hamilton 39 0
3 D.Ricciardo 36 0
4 S.Vettel 33 0
5 K.Raikkonen 28 0
6 F.Massa 22 0
7 D.Kvyat 21 0
8 R.Grosjean 18 0
9 M.Verstappen 13 0
10 V.Bottas 7 0
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