Rosberg takes pole in Hungary

Mercedes locked out the front row with Nico Rosberg taking pole position following a rain interrupted qualifying session at the Hungaroring.

A yellow flag at the death of Q3 allowed the German to usurp teammate Lewis Hamilton, who had to lift off with Fernando Alonso stationary on track, and take top spot with the two Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen finishing third and fourth, respectively.

Gazzetta World report that Hamilton was half a second quicker than the entire field in the first sector before Alonso’s spin meant he had to slow down, allowing Rosberg to take pole by a tenth of a second, though there are doubts as to whether the German also lifted, as he should, with double yellow flags being waved.

“It was a really challenging qualifying,” Rosberg said.

“In the end it was pretty amazing that it dried out. I got a really good lap in on that last lap.

“Awesome, very happy with that.”

Hamilton added: “I felt good on my final lap and was four tenths up. I was unlucky but these things happen.”

The start of Q1 was initially delayed by 20 minutes after heavy rain in Budapest, but when it did get going, it was stopped on four separate occasions due to crashes and dangerous conditions.

Ferrari’s problems continued with Kimi Raikkonen being eliminated in Q2 after getting his timing on the track wrong, meaning he had one less lap on slick tyres as the track dried, those who came out later pushed the Finn down the order, thus he starts 14th.

Raikkonen’s teammate Sebastian Vettel qualified fifth, and will sit next to Carlos Sainz on the third row of the grid.

Alonso produced a brilliant lap to sit fourth in the Q2 times, and with Jenson Button also making it into the last part of qualifying, giving McLaren-Honda two drivers in Q3 for the first time. With the two qualifying seventh and eighth.

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