Sochi (Russia): Nico Rosberg took advantage of his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton's ill-fortune on Saturday when he secured a comfortable pole position for today's Russian GP.

Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamailton
Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamailton

The 30-year-old German, who leads this year's title race by 36 points, clocked a fastest lap in one minute and 35.417 seconds to take the prime spot on the grid.

Defending three-time world champion Hamilton had been hit by another engine failure during the Q2 part of the qualifying session.

Hamilton was unable to take part in Q3 and provisionally will line up in 10th place on the grid. For Rosberg, it was a second successive pole in Sochi and the 24th of his career, ensuring he has the best possible chance to tighten his grip in the championship.

"I was just focused on myself and doing my job so I didn't know about the others," said Rosberg. "Others have been extremely unfortunate today, but an F1 race is never easy. The opposition are still there."