F1: Rosberg snatches Hungary pole in wild session

F1: Rosberg snatches Hungary pole in wild session

23rd Jul 2016 9:51 pm

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo wound up third fastest, just 0.172s slower than second-placed Hamilton in a session he called "crazy".

Nico Rosberg claimed pole position from Mercedes Formula 1 team-mate Lewis Hamilton in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, after an incident-filled and rain-affected session.

Hamilton held provisional pole after the initial runs in a dry Q3 at the Hungaroring, and looked on course to seal the deal on his second run, but backed out of his lap as Fernando Alonso spun his McLaren at Turn 9 and brought out yellow flags.

Rosberg was running behind Hamilton on the road, and though there was a yellow for Rosberg at Turn 8, Alonso had got going again by the time Rosberg reached Turn 9.

While the first sector of Rosberg's final flying lap was more then four tenths slower than Hamilton's, he was fastest of all through the second sector on a rapidly improving track and stole pole from Hamilton by less than two tenths of a second.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo also had to abort his final flyer and wound up third fastest, just 0.172s slower than Hamilton in a session he called "crazy".

Max Verstappen was fourth fastest in the second Red Bull, ahead of Sebastian Vettel in the only Ferrari to make Q3, Carlos Sainz Jr's Toro Rosso, Alonso, the second McLaren of Jenson Button, Nico Hulkenberg's Force India and the Williams of Valtteri Bottas.

Hamilton was fortunate to even make it through to Q3 after locking up and running wide at Turn 1 on his final Q2 lap.

On a rapidly drying track he tumbled down the order, but remained just inside the top 10 as Romain Grosjean's Haas, Daniil Kvyat's Toro Rosso, Sergio Perez's Force India, Kimi Raikkonen's Ferrari, the second Haas of Esteban Gutierrez, and Felipe Nasr's Sauber all missed the cut.

A 20-minute rain delay and four red flags meant Q1 lasted well over an hour.

A second downpour shortly after an already rain delayed start caused the first stoppage, before Marcus Ericsson crashed at Turn 10, Felipe Massa at Turn 4 and finally Rio Haryanto - again at Turn 10 - all which prompted further red flags. Time was finally called with 1m18s remaining on the clock after Haryanto's incident.

"Aww f***ing hell, that's really poor!" bemoaned Jolyon Palmer on team radio, as he became the chief loser of the track position lottery and finished the session 17th quickest, having lapped inside the top 10 in final practice.

Massa ended up 18th, ahead of Kevin Magnussen - who began his final run on wets and aborted to switch to intermediates just before the final stoppage - Ericsson, Pascal Wehrlein and Haryanto.

QUALIFYING RESULTS

PosDriverCarTimeGap
1 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m19.965s -
2 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m20.108s 0.143s
3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m20.280s 0.315s
4 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m20.557s 0.592s
5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m20.874s 0.909s
6 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m21.131s 1.166s
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m21.211s 1.246s
8 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 1m21.597s 1.632s
9 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1m21.823s 1.858s
10 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1m22.182s 2.217s
11 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m24.941s -
12 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Ferrari 1m25.301s -
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m25.416s -
14 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m25.435s -
15 Esteban Gutierrez Haas/Ferrari 1m26.189s -
16 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 1m27.063s -
17 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m43.965s -
18 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1m43.999s -
19 Kevin Magnussen Renault 1m44.543s -
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m46.984s -
21 Pascal Wehrlein Manor/Mercedes 1m47.343s -
22 Rio Haryanto Manor/Mercedes 1m50.189s -
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