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.