Silver Arrows slip n’ slide to sixth front row lockout of the season! Nico Rosberg today took his 26th career pole position – his second at the Hungaroring Circuit and fourth of the 2016 season so far. Lewis Hamilton completed a sixth Silver Arrows front row lockout of the season in P2. Both drivers completed four runs in a rain-hit, stoppage-affected Q1 (Wet / Intermediate), two runs in Q2 (Intermediate / SuperSoft) and another two runs in Q3 (SuperSoft).
That was a pretty exciting qualifying session. It was crazy conditions in the beginning with all the rain and the big puddles and a lot of cars went off. My car felt very good in the wet – but when it dried out that was the best situation for us as we know the Red Bulls are strong in the wet. I gave it everything at the end of my last lap and it worked out. A big thanks to the team, as it was a great team effort to make sure I always had good track position. It’s a great feeling to be on pole here in Hungary. Tomorrow it will be a big battle against Lewis and the Red Bulls, so I look forward to that.
I would never have expected to come around that corner and see Fernando facing me! I was four tenths up at that point and feeling really happy with the balance of the car, so pole was there for the taking. But this is racing and I’ll do my best from second. A great start would help – it’s about time I had one! In practice I felt like I was getting the procedure right, so I’m really hoping to finally get a good one off the line tomorrow. It’s a long run to turn one so there’s opportunity there and that could make all the difference. My long run pace this morning was pretty good, so hopefully it’s going to be a good race.
Toto Wolff, Head of Mercedes-Benz Motorsport
That was one of those upside-down qualifying sessions where you can do more wrong than right and we nearly got caught out a couple of times along the way in Q1 and Q2. But in the end, it came down to the final run in Q3 which decided the final order, in conditions very close to a fully dry track. Lewis was on provisional pole and doing a really strong lap when he just got unlucky with the yellow flag for Alonso’s spin – and he had to back out of his lap. Nico was running later on the road and lifted in the yellow zone that was still showing, as we can see from the data, but he was nevertheless able to improve and snatch pole position right at the end. Overall, a topsy-turvy session but a great result and the perfect starting places for tomorrow’s race. But this is Hungary and we always see action on Sunday afternoons, so we know there is still a very long way to go. We need to prepare well tonight and run through all the scenarios if we want to achieve our potential tomorrow.
Source: Mercedes-AMG F1