Melbourne: World Championship leader Nico Rosberg claimed the pole position for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix, beating reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton in a prolonged qualifying session on Saturday.
The German driver posted a fastest lap of one minute and 19.965 seconds at the session which was stretched to nearly two hours due to heavy rain and crashes in the hazardous conditions on Hungaroring circuit, news.com.au reported.
Three-time champion Hamilton, who is currently trialing Rosberg by just one point, was 0.143 seconds behind the German opponent.
Hamilton’s timing was affected when he was forced to take evasive action due to Fernando Alonso’s McLaren spinning off the track.
Red Bull duo of Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen were third and fourth ahead of four-time champion Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari.