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Published: 14:57 | 23/7/16

Rosberg on pole for Hungarian GP


Nico Rosberg secured pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton after a rain-disrupted qualifying session.

Qualifying was delayed by 20 minutes because of heavy rain at the Hungaroring near Budapest, and Q1 was red flagged four times because of the weather and crashes by Sauber's Marcus Ericsson, Williams' Felipe Massa and Manor's Rio Haryanto.

Hamilton was unlucky not to take pole position, forced to slow on his final fast lap after McLaren’s Fernando Alonso spun in front of him, forcing race organisers to bring out the yellow warning flags.

Hamilton was quickest in the first sector before Alonso’s spin, which allowed Rosberg the opportunity to take pole by a tenth of a second.

"I felt good on my final lap and was four tenths up. It was unfortunate with Fernando but these things happen," triple world champion Hamilton said.

"We still have a long race ahead of us and I’ll give everything from there."

Rosberg, who leads Hamilton by one point in the championship standing going into Sunday's race, was delighted to finish "a challenging qualifying" on a drying track in pole position.

"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," he said.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen start third and fourth on the grid.

Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel qualified fifth, and will start alongside Toro Rosso's Carlos Sainz on the third row of the grid.

McLaren-Honda recorded two drivers in Q3 for the first time. with Alonso seventh and Britain's Jenson Button eighth, with Force India's Nico Hulkenberg and Williams' Valtteri Bottas completing the top ten.

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