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Lewis Hamilton takes pole for Mercedes in Chinese Grand Prix

Lewis Hamilton of Britain has completed a pole position hat-trick for the season at qualifying in Shanghai for Sunday's Grand Prix. Germans Nico Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel came in second and third.

British driver Lewis Hamilton on Saturday secured pole position for

Sunday's Formula One Grand Prix

in Shanghai, China, beating out Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg of Germany.

German Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel also made it to the top three, ahead of Felipe Massa of Brazil for Willams.

Hamilton's time was 1:35.782, just edging out Rosberg on 1:35.824, but a second ahead of Vettel on the 5.451-kilometer (3.387-mile) Shanghai course.

It is the British driver's 41st career pole in what has been a perfect qualifying season.

Hamilton has won the GP in China three times. He leads the championship with 43 points from two races, but Vettel

is just three behind

after beating both Mercedes drivers in a surprise victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix two weeks ago.

Rosberg is on 33 points in third place ahead of Sunday's race.

tj/jr (Reuters, AFP)

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