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Nico Rosberg on pole as Hamilton hits trouble in Hungarian qualifying

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Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix as Lewis Hamilton was again hit by problems.

The German beat fellow countryman Sebastian Vettel by half a second in a crazy session hit by mechanical failures, poor decisions and a little bit of rain.

Hamilton & Raikkonen out in Q1

The biggest shock at the start of the session was yet more bad luck hitting Lewis Hamilton. After his brake failure in Germany, a fuel-related problem caused a fire and forced him to pull off without setting a time.

Despite being able to come through the field at Hockenheim, his task will be much harder in Budapest, on a circuit notoriously very hard to overtake on. Should the damaged parts be fixed he will start 21st, as Pastor Maldonado also had mechanical issues, otherwise he may start from the pit-lane.

Joining him at the back of the grid was Kimi Raikkonen as Ferrari made yet another poor decision.

With two cars out, the Italian team assumed the Marussia's and Caterham's would be no threat, but such is the gap between the compounds a fantastic lap from Jules Bianchi saw the Frenchman, a member of Ferrari's young driver program, move ahead demoting the Finn to 17th.

Sebastian Vettel back on form

Following a difficult first half of the season, Sebastian Vettel seems to be turning his season around.

After an improved performance at his home race last weekend, the four-time champion has had the edge over team-mate Daniel Ricciardo throughout the weekend in Hungary.

As a brief rain shower spiced up the top 10 shoot out, the German looked to have a chance of pole but as the track dried out the raw pace of the Mercedes was enough for Rosberg leaving Vettel to settle for second.

As for Ricciardo, he wasn't able to produce another stunning lap in the drying conditions and had to settle for fourth.

Valtteri Bottas shines

On a circuit not particularly suited to the Williams, Valtteri Bottas produced another excellent performance to claim third.

Following the disappointment of Raikkonen, the Finn gave the large Finnish contingent in Budapest something to cheer as he beat his team-mate Felipe Massa by a second.

Fernando Alonso was fifth with Massa sixth as Jenson Button, who has won both wet races in Hungary, was seventh.

His team-mate Kevin Magnussen also made Q3 but he was caught out by the wet track approaching turn one and careered into the wall at high-speed - he was OK and will start tenth.

Jean-Eric Vergne got his Toro Rosso upto eighth as Nico Hulkenberg was also in the top 10 and will start ninth in the Force India.

Advantage Rosberg

Looking ahead to tomorrow's race there is no doubt Nico Rosberg is in the drivers seat to extend his championship lead going into the summer break.

With his rival and team-mate Lewis Hamilton at the back it will take a great effort from the Briton just to score points let alone challenge for the podium places.

This gives the likes of the Red Bull's and Bottas a chance to continue picking up the pieces from Hamilton's bad luck, but watching Hamilton attempt a second fightback through the field in a week should make for great viewing in tomorrow's race.

Oh, and there remains a risk of rain too just to add another factor into the mix.

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