Mercedes AMG’s Nico Rosberg at the 2014 Formula One Hungarian Grand PrixEnlarge Photo
Mercedes AMG’s Nico Rosberg will start on pole tomorrow for the 2014 Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix
after yet another strong performance during today’s qualifying. Unfortunately for his teammate Lewis Hamilton, who was the fastest during practice, an engine fire just minutes into the session forced the Briton to retire.
Hamilton will have to start near the back of the grid tomorrow, further hurting his chances of securing a World Championship this year. He also had to start last weekend's German Grand Prix near the back of the grid after he crashed out during qualifying due to brake failure.
The second fastest today was Red Bull Racing’s Sebastian Vettel, while third fastest was Williams’ Valtteri Bottas. Rosberg’s best time was a 1:22.715, while Vettel set a 1:23.201 and Bottas managing a 1:23.354.
Starting tomorrow in positions four and five will be Red Bull Racing’s Daniel Ricciardo and Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, respectively. Williams’ Felipe Massa fills out the third row after posting the sixth fastest time today. Positions seven, eight, nine and ten will be filled by McLaren’s Jenson Button, Toro Rosso’s Jean-Eric Vergne, Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg and McLaren’s Kevin Magnussen, respectively.
Despite the traditionally dry conditions at the Hungaroring
during the summer, today’s qualifying saw some rain. The latest forecast is for more rain tomorrow although not during the race. Going into the race, Nico Rosberg leads the 2014 Drivers’ Championship with 190 points, with Lewis Hamilton in second with 176 points and Daniel Ricciardo third with 106 points. In the Constructors’ Championship, Mercedes AMG has 366 points versus the 188 points of Red Bull Racing and 121 points of Williams.