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Nico edges out Lewis for pole

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Nico Rosberg snatched pole position off Lewis Hamilton at the very end of an enthralling wet-dry Hungarian GP qualifying.

On a drying track after a torrential downpour that saw Q1 end an hour after its scheduled finish, Hamilton looked to have mastered the ever-changing conditions and had provisional pole, but was forced to slow down on his final flying lap after Fernando Alonso's spin brought out yellow flags.

The dramatic sight of a McLaren blocking a charging Mercedes did not affect Hamilton's team-mate further back, and championship-leader Rosberg was able to clinch his fourth pole of the season by 0.143s.

However, the German's pace on his pole lap is sure to be scrutinised as Rosberg set a purple middle sector while the double yellow flags were being waved.

"For sure there was double waved [yellows], but I had a very big lift and lost a lot of time as a result," Rosberg, who was called to the stewards after the British GP, said. "I'm sure that'll be okay."

<p>Nico Rosberg took advantage of Lewis Hamilton's early crash in Hungary.</p> © Provided by BSkyB

Nico Rosberg took advantage of Lewis Hamilton's early crash in Hungary.

As expected, it was Red Bull who followed the Silver Arrows, with Daniel Ricciardo again winning the Saturday battle against Max Verstappen - though they too were caught out by the late chaos in Budapest.

Sebastian Vettel was fifth while Kimi Raikkonen didn't even reach the final shootout and will start the race in 14th.

Alonso ran in seventh despite his Turn Nine spin as McLaren had both cars in Q3 for the first time since 2014, with Jenson Button 0.3s and a place back from his Spanish team-mate.

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Hungarian GP Qualifying

1. Nico Rosberg, Mercedes, 1:19.965

2. Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, 1:20.108

3. Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull, 1:20.280

4. Max Verstappen, Red Bull, 1:20.557

5. Sebastian Vettel, Ferrari, 1:20.874

6. Carlos Sainz, Toro Rosso, 1:21.131

7. Fernando Alonso, McLaren, 1:21.211

8. Jenson Button, McLaren, 1:21.597

9. Nico Hulkenberg, Force India, 1:21.823

10. Valtteri Bottas, Willaims, 1:22.182


11. Romain Grosjean, Haas, 1:24.941

12. Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, 1:25.301

13. Sergio Perez, Force India, 1:25.416

14. Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, 1:25.435

15. Esteban Gutierrez, Haas, 1:26.189

16. Felipe Nasr, Sauber, 1:27.063


17. Jolyon Palmer, Renault, 1:43.965

18. Felipe Massa, Williams, 1:43.999

19. Kevin Magnussen, Renault, 1:44.543

20. Marcus Ericsson, Sauber, 1:46.984

21. Pascal Wehrlein, Manor, 1:47.343

22. Rio Haryanto, Manor, 1:50.189

Watch the Hungarian GP live on Sky Sports F1. The race starts at 1pm on Sunday, with build-up underway at 11:30am. Or watch the race without a contract for £6.99 on NOW TV. 

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