Nico Rosberg has never emerged victorious in the Hungarian Grand Prix in his career, but he will get a good chance to win the title as he is set to start the race in pole position on Sunday. But it is not going to be easy, with fellow team mate Lewis Hamilton set to start behind him.
The battle between the two Mercedes drivers looks interesting, with just one point separating the two divers in the F1 title race. Rosberg is currently ahead with 168 points, but a win for Hamilton in the Hungarian Grand Prix will change the position in the drivers' championship.
Hamilton looked brilliant in the qualifying session, and was on course for pole until he came across McLaren's Fernando Alonso, who had spun off, which led to the world champion losing precious seconds. Hamilton is not disappointed with what transpired, as he wants to give his best on race day.
"I don't know how much Nico was up, but obviously as you said I got the fastest first sector, I was four tenths up, so I felt good on the lap. Bit unfortunate with Fernando, but these things happen. I'm not really too disappointed, it was a tricky session and I did the best I could do and yeah, we still have a long race ahead of us tomorrow, so I'll give it everything I've got from there," F1's official website quoted Hamilton as saying.
Rosberg, if he wants to build on the lead, will not only have to conquer Hamilton and other drivers, but also the challenging conditions, which tested the German driver in the Hungarian Grand Prix.
"Yeah, it was a really challenging qualifying: the conditions changing all the time, very exciting out there. In the end it was pretty amazing that it did full dry out towards the end. I mean some kerbs still had some patches – going on to the start-finish straight, you had to be really careful opening DRS, I think you saw a lot of moments coming on to there. Then, yeah, I just got a really good lap in on that last lap – awesome, I'm very happy with that," Rosberg said.
Rosberg might have started F1 2016 season brightly, winning the first four races, but Hamilton has been impressive of late, clinching four of the last five races.
Hence the race for the Hungarian Grand Prix title is expected to be a fight between Rosberg and Hamilton once again, but they cannot ignore the brilliance of Ferrari and Red Bull, primarily Daniel Ricciardo, who will start from third position on the grid.
"Tomorrow should be interesting. As always the Mercs have had good long run pace, we've seen [that] in free practice, but we'll be there and obviously we start close enough to the front to make a fight of it and so hopefully it's an exciting race," Ricciardo said.
Ricciardo's team mate Max Verstappen will start the race in fourth place, followed by Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel. Both the drivers will be keen to finish in the podium in Hungary.
Where to watch live:
The Hungarian Grand Prix is schedule for 2:00 p.m. local time, 5:30 p.m. IST, 9 a.m. ET start.
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