Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg has qualified in pole position for the 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix, as he looks to open up a gap at the top over his Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton. The race was marred by heavy showers and stoppages as the drivers tried to manoeuvre themselves in the twisting Hungaroring circuit. This was Rosberg's 26th career pole finish and the 50th start from the first row, but he will be looking to do better on this track, having never ever won the race in his career.
The German made his fastest lap in one minute and 19.965 seconds to overpower the competition in a qualifier that lasted for over two hours owing to incessant rain and less than ideal conditions. Hamilton, who is only a point behind his teammate, finished the race 0.143 seconds behind Rosberg, making for Mercedes' sixth front row dominance for the season.
Hamilton was unlucky to miss out on pole as on his way to his best lap he came across Spaniard Fernando Alonso's McLaren which was spinning off the track and he had to take evasive action to protect his car. He lost precious seconds in that context which allowed Rosberg to run the rule over Hamilton in a bid to try and protect the slender lead at the top.
The two Red Bull drivers, Daniel Ricciardo and Dutch teenager Max Verstappen, were third and fourth ahead of Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari. Kimi Raikonnen failed to finish the race owing to the treacherous conditions.
Carlos Sainz of Toro Rosso and Alonso were sixth and seventh ahead of Jenson Button, who was in the second McLaren, while Nico Hulkenberg of Force India and Valtteri Bottas of Williams finished the top 10 spots in qualifying.
Where to watch live
Race starts at 12:30pm BST on 24 July with Sky Sports F1 and Sky Sports F1 HD providing live TV coverage. Live Radio coverage is available on BBC 5 Live.
Real-time internet updates are available on the Live Timing section of the sport's official website.
Qualifying results from Formula 1 Hungary Grand Prix 2016 at Hungaroring:
1. Nico Rosberg GER Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 19.965s
2. Lewis Hamilton GBR Mercedes-Mercedes 1m 20.108s
3. Daniel Ricciardo AUS Red Bull-TAG 1m 20.280s
4. Max Verstappen NED Red Bull-TAG 1m 20.557s
5. Sebastian Vettel GER Ferrari-Ferrari 1m 20.874s
6. Carlos Sainz ESP Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m 21.131s
7. Fernando Alonso ESP McLaren-Honda 1m 21.211s
8. Jenson Button GBR McLaren-Honda 1m 21.597s
9. Nico Hulkenberg GER Force India-Mercedes 1m 21.823s
10. Valtteri Bottas FIN Williams-Mercedes 1m 22.182s