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Nico Rosberg takes pole position for Monaco GP

Saturday - 5/25/2013, 11:44am  ET

Ferrari driver Fernando Alonso of Spain steers his car during the third free practice at the Monaco racetrack, in Monaco, Saturday, May 25, 2013. The Formula one race will be held on Sunday. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

AP Sports Writer

MONACO (AP) -- Nico Rosberg set the fastest qualifying time at the Monaco Grand Prix on Saturday to secure his third consecutive pole position and a fourth straight for Mercedes.

The German driver finished ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton and, with Monaco's track the hardest to overtake on in Formula One, Mercedes has a great chance to clinch a first win of the season on Sunday.

Red Bull has won the last three Monaco GPs -- all from pole -- but this time defending champion Sebastian Vettel will start from third ahead of last year's winner Mark Webber.

Ferrari driver Felipe Massa goes from the back of the grid. The Brazilian was unable to start qualifying after a heavy crash in the morning's third and final practice session, in which he was unharmed.

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