'Lucky' Rosberg takes pole

'Lucky' Rosberg takes pole

'Lucky' Rosberg takes pole

 Nico Rosberg rode his luck to grab pole position for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton in a prolonged qualifying session punctuated by rainstorms and red flags.

The championship-leading 31-year-old German produced a fastest lap of one minute and 19.965 seconds at the end of a session stretched to nearly two hours by heavy rain and crashes in the hazardous conditions on the twisting Hungaroring circuit on Saturday.

Hamilton, who is just one point behind Rosberg after 10 of this year's 21 races, was 0.143 seconds behind his rival as the pair secured their team's sixth front-row lockout of the season.

Hamilton looked to be on course to take pole when on an improved best lap he came across Spaniard Fernando Alonso's McLaren spinning off the track in front of him. The Briton had to take evasive action, which cost him time, before Rosberg came round and was able to continue without easing off.

Hungarian GP qualifiying

Driver                               Team                      Time

1. Nico Rosberg (Germnay)    Mercedes         1:19.965
2. Lewis Hamilton (Germany)    Britain         1:20.108
3. Daniel Ricciardo (Australia)    Red Bull         1:20.280
4. Max Verstappen (Netherlands)    Red Bull         1:20.557
5. Sebastian Vettel (Germany)    Ferrari         1:20.874
6. Carlos Sainz Jr (Spain)    Toro Rosso         1:21.131
7. Fernando Alonso (Spain)    McLaren         1:21.211
8. Jenson Button (Britain)    McLaren         1:21.597
9. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany)    Force India         1:21.823
10. Valtteri Bottas (Finland)    Williams            1:22.182