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Nico Rosberg on Pole for Hungarian Grand Prix; Lewis Hamilton up in Flames

July 27th, 2014 at 2:04 AM
By Mark Eddinger

Saturday's qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring could end up being decisive in the World Championship battle in Formula One. Nico Rosberg captured the pole position while his Mercedes teammate and championship rival Lewis Hamilton will start 21st after a fuel leak sent his car up in flames during Q1.

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Hamilton was fastest in all three practices in Hungary, however, in Q1 his car had a fuel leak which ended up catching his Mercedes on fire and caused him to climb from the machine and end his qualifying session before it even began.

After three  rounds of qualifying which included a wet third round Nico Rosberg, the current championship leader, won his sixth pole of 2014 and third in a row. He now has 10 career poles. Rosberg just edged out Red Bull Racing's Sebastian Vettel on his final lap in Q3. The four-time defending champion will start in second.

Qualifying third was the red hot Valtteri Bottas of Williams Martini Racing. Daniel Ricciardo of Red Bull Racing will start fourth, Fernando Alonso of Ferrari fifth, Felipe Massa of Williams Martini Racing sixth, Jenson Button of McLaren seventh, Jean-Eric Vergne of Toro Rosso eighth, Nico Hulkenberg of Force India ninth, and Kevin Magnussen of McLaren tenth. Magnussen locked up his tires in the rain conditions of Q3 and hit the tire wall to being out a red flag which then by the end of the session allowed the track to start to dry off. That is when Rosberg threw down his fastest lap.

Making it to Q2 but not into the final 10 of Q3 were, Daniil Kvyat of Toro Rosso in 11th, Adrian Sutil of Sauber in 12th, Sergio Perez of Force India 13th, Esteban Gutierrez of Sauber 14th, Romain Grosjean of Lotus 15th, and Jules Bianchi of Marussia 16th.

Not making it out of Q1 were Kimi Raikkonen of Ferrari in 17th, Kamui Kobayashi of Caterham in 18th, Max Chilton of Marussia in 19th, Marcus Ericsson in 20th for Caterham, Lewis Hamilton of Mercedes 21st, and Pastor Maldonado of Lotus in 22nd. Maldonado did not run a lap in Q1 after his car experienced a problem.

The Hungarian Grand Prix can be seen on CNBC at 7:30 a.m. ET Sunday.

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Tags: Daniel Ricciardo, Felipe Massa, Fernando Alonso, ferrari, Formula One, Hungarian Grand Prix, Kevin Magnussen, Lewis Hamilton, Mercedes, Motorsports, Nico Rosberg, red bull racing, Sebastian Vettel, Williams Martini Racing

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