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Nico Rosberg may have struggled to match Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton in recent weeks, but the German driver made a breakthrough in qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix on Saturday as he captured his second pole position of the season.

In a Q3 session that was red flagged following Daniil Kvyat’s hefty accident, Rosberg’s first lap proved to be enough for pole as he edged out Hamilton by less than one-tenth of a second.

Mercedes arrived in Japan with some questions to answer after it lagged behind both Ferrari and Red Bull in Singapore, but has duly done so by returning to the head of the field at Suzuka.

With Rosberg on pole and Hamilton alongside him on the front row, the stage is set for a great fight between the two Mercedes drivers on Sunday as their championship fight continues.

You can watch the Japanese Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 12:30am ET on Sunday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.

Hamilton currently leads the championship by 41 points from Rosberg, with retirement in Singapore allowing the German to cut the gap slightly. However, it very much remains the Briton’s championship to lose.

Interestingly, Hamilton has only one victory at Suzuka during his F1 career, and admitted on Saturday after missing out on pole that it is a circuit that he has never felt truly comfortable at.

One man who does boast a good track record at Suzuka is Sebastian Vettel, who is a four-time winner of the Japanese Grand Prix. Fresh from his win in Singapore, Vettel will be gunning to keep up his 100% podium record at the track from P4 on the grid, as another victory appears to be out of reach.

With a number of battles set to play out up and down the field, make sure you join us for all of the action from Suzuka as the title race continues.

You can watch the Japanese Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 12:30am ET on Sunday. CLICK HERE to watch via live stream.