Nico Rosberg was delighted to take pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday, although he insisted it was tempered by the misfortune that befell his Mercedes team-mate and championship rival, Lewis Hamilton.

Rosberg will now line-up in P1 on the grid for the sixth time this season and with Hamilton set to start right at the back - or more likely from the pit lane after the fire that put him out in Q1 - the German looks well placed to further extend his 14-point championship lead.

Despite that, however, Rosberg maintained he would have preferred a straight fight.

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"That's a pity for the team," Rosberg replied when asked about Hamilton's issues. "It is not a good thing definitely. We need to keep on working on that - again that is reliability.

"Also I would prefer to be out there battling with Lewis. That would give me the maximum adrenalin rush. Of course I am very, very happy [with pole], but it was not after a gloves-off battle with Lewis. That takes away a little bit of the ecstatic happiness."

Meanwhile, with rain briefly coming in Q3, Rosberg added that made things really difficult.

"Q3 was really a big challenge because the track was changing all the time at the beginning. I was the first one [out and] to arrive at the first corner and it is just difficult to judge how much risk to take and it was very, very wet. I did take it a bit easy and I managed to avoid crashing. It was just massively difficult down there and unpredictable," he explained.

"From then on [though] it was easier because it started drying again and especially my last lap, I really managed to nail it."

Rosberg eventually took pole from Sebastian Vettel by almost half a second and looking to Sunday, he added: "Tomorrow is going to be a long race and a challenging race with the weather [rain] coming.

"So, still all to play for."


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Perhaps Rosberg & Hamilton should swop crews then.
A few DNF's for Rosberg might level the playing field.
Seriously, when are Mercedes going to start firing a few of the crew from Hamilton's team?