Mercedes' Nico Rosberg will start the Hungarian Grand Prix on the pole position, ahead of Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Williams' Valtteri Bottas at the Hungaroring on Sunday.
Reigning world champion Vettel gave Rosberg a run for his money and got a provisional pole but the championship leader got his acts together in his final Q3 run and delivered the fastest lap of the day, five-tenth of a second clear to Vettel's time.
Earlier in Q3, Rosberg survived a scare when his Mercedes went wide on turn one in slippery conditions but the championship leader somehow managed to prevent his car kissing the barriers.
However, McLaren's Kevin Megnussen was not that lucky and crashed his car in the tyre wall to bring out red flags, moments later.
"Qualifying three was really a big challenge, because the track was just changing all the time in the beginning and especially starting the lap with that first set of options, I was the first one to arrive in the first corner," Rosberg explained.
"It was just difficult to judge: how much risk can I take, how late can I brake? It was very, very wet, so I did take it a bit easy and managed to avoid crashing," he added.
Rosberg's teammate Lewis Hamilton faced another setback in the qualifying, when his Mercedes caught fire in the rear and the championship contender was made to pull off in the pitlane, without setting a lap time and will start the Grand Prix from the pitlane.
Hamilton also started the last race in Germany from the back but managed to charge down the grid to finish third. However, Hungaroring is altogether a different track and it will not be easy for the 2008 world champion to race down the field here.
The former McLaren driver, who is currently second in the drivers' standings, 14 points behind Rosberg, admitted that it will be difficult for him to repeat his last race's performance and is now set to lose further ground to his teammate in the standings.
"Well, that's the way it goes sometimes," Hamilton said. "I think I will struggle to get into the top ten. I fear that I will leave tomorrow more than 20 points behind (Rosberg) in the standings. The only comfort is that there are still many races to go. That's what keeps my chin up!"
Meanwhile, Kimi Raikkonen's woes continued as he failed to make Q2 cut and will start 17th behind Marussia's Jules Bianchi, after Ferrari made a terrible call of not sending him for another Q1 run.
Ferrari's decision of keeping Raikkonen in the garage backfired as Nico Hulkenberg improved in the Force India, while Bianchi in Marussia pulled off a scorching lap 0.064 second clear of the Raikkonen to move into the second leg of qualifying.
"I am very disappointed with the outcome of qualifying, especially because this weekend I was going well and had a good feeling from the car," Raikkonen said. "After the first run on the Medium tyres the team told me that my time should be good enough to get me through to the next part and so we decided to take a risk and not go out for a second run on the softer compound."
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Formula One: Hungarian GP Live Streaming Information
Race start: 2:00 pm local time, 5:30 pm IST, 12:00 pm GMT
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