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Nico Rosberg looks to have salvaged what seemed like a lost season by taking pole position in Bahrain and if his past records at the venue are anything to go by, the German stands to win the race on Sunday.
The Mercedes driver has finished his last five Bahrain Grands Prix from where he started on the grid.
Last year and in the 2010 edition, he started the race from fifth and finished in the same position at the end of the Grand Prix with the German manufacturer.
Before that when he raced with Williams he started the Bahrain GP from ninth (in 2009), eighth (in 2008) and tenth (in 2007) and finished in the same positions respectively.
Rosberg made his Formula 1 debut in Bahrain in 2006 and had qualified 12th then but made up five places to finish seventh and even recorded the fastest lap of the race. This means he has never gone backwards in Bahrain,
The second pole of Rosberg's career on Saturday finally gave him something to celebrate this season. The German had retired early in two of the three Grands Prix, and in the other he was left seething when he was forced by the team to finish behind teammate Lewis Hamilton in fourth place in Malaysia.
"Yes! Come on guys, that's how it's done," Rosberg screamed into his radio after claiming the top spot.
He finished 0.25 seconds in front of championship leader Sebastian Vettel, and 0.33 ahead of third-placed Fernando Alonso, who won last week's Chinese GP.
"As a team, we worked really hard during the night to improve the car because yesterday we were really struggling," said Rosberg, who had never started in the top four on the desert circuit. "I'm really, really happy. That's a fantastic result. That's great for tomorrow."
With inputs from the AP report by Michael Casey