Rosberg nails final Q3 lap to take fifth pole in six races

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Nico Rosberg was delighted to clinch his fifth pole in six races during today’s qualifying session for the Hungarian Grand Prix, but was disappointed not to enjoy a gloves off battle with teammate Lewis Hamilton at the Hungaroring.

For the second weekend in a row, Hamilton was sidelined during Q1 after a fuel leak on his car which started a fire. Rosberg still had to battle with Sebastian Vettel and Valtteri Bottas for pole position, as well as dealing with a red flag and rain during Q3, and he was delighted with his efforts in the final part of qualifying.

“Yeah, Q3 was really a big challenge, because the track was just changing all the time in the beginning,” Rosberg explained. “Especially starting the lap with the first set of options, I was the first one to arrive at the first corner, and it’s just difficult to judge how much risk I can take and how late can I brake.”

“It was very, very wet, so I did take it a bit easy and managed to avoid crashing. It was just massively difficult down there.

“From then on it was easier because it started drying again, and especially on my last lap, I really managed to nail it.”

Rosberg was disappointed not to enjoy a straight fight with Hamilton for pole position, believing that it would have made the result all the sweeter if he had beaten his teammate and championship rival.

“That’s been a pity for the team,” Rosberg said. “Not a good thing definitely, and we need to keep on working on that. That’s reliability.

“I would prefer to be out there battling with Lewis, so that would give me the maximum adrenaline rush. Of course I’m very, very happy, but it wasn’t a gloves off battle with Lewis, so that takes a little bit of the happiness.

“Anyway, tomorrow is going to be a long race, and a challenging race, especially with the weather coming.”

You can watch the Hungarian Grand Prix live on CNBC and Live Extra from 7:30am ET tomorrow.

Toyota victorious in Bahrain on Porsche’s LMP1 swansong

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SAKHIR, Bahrain – Toyota denied Porsche a swansong victory in its final LMP1 appearance in the FIA World Endurance Championship by taking a commanding win in the 6 Hours of Bahrain on Saturday.

Porsche started from pole in the last competitive outing for the three-time Le Mans-winning 919 Hybrid car, only to lose out to Toyota’s Sebastien Buemi within the first half an hour of the race.

Porsche lost one of its cars from contention for victory after an errant bollard got stuck underneath Timo Bernhard’s No. 2 entry, leaving Nick Tandy to lead its charge in the No. 1 car.

Tandy moved into the lead just past half distance after a bold strategy call from Porsche to triple-stint the Briton after a fuel-only stop, vaulting him ahead of Anthony Davidson in the No. 8 Toyota.

Tandy’s win hopes were soon dashed when he tangled with a GTE-Am backmarker at Turn 1, sustaining damage that forced Porsche into an unplanned pit stop that put the car a lap down.

With the No. 7 Toyota losing two laps following a clash with a GTE-Pro car earlier on, Davidson, Buemi and Kazuki Nakajima went unchallenged en route to the car’s fifth victory of the season.

Porsche rounded out the podium with its cars, with the No. 2 leading home the No. 1, leaving Toyota’s No. 7 car to settle for P4 at the checkered flag.

Vaillante Rebellion clinched the title in LMP2 after a stunning fightback led by Bruno Senna, with the Brazilian securing his maiden motorsport championship win in the process.

GTE-Pro saw AF Corse complete a hat-trick of titles in 2017, with James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi wining the class’ first world championship recognized by the FIA, while Paul Dalla Lana, Pedro Lamy and Mathias Lauda sewed up the GTE-Am title.