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Formula One: Rosberg on pole in Hungary after Hamilton hopes go up in smoke

Published on Jul 26, 2014 10:59 PM
Mercedes' German driver Nico Rosberg celebrates after the qualifying session of the Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit in Budapest on July 26, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

BUDAPEST (AFP) - Nico Rosberg had mixed feelings again on Saturday when he claimed his sixth pole of the season for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix after Mercedes teammate Lewis Hamilton's car burst into flames on his opening lap.

The world championship leader took full advantage of Hamilton's bad luck and admitted he felt less than ecstatic at his success and would have preferred to have competed against his main title rival.

The 29-year-old German, who leads Hamilton by 14 points in their duel for the drivers' title, cashed in after the luckless Briton's car burst into flames in the opening minutes of a dramatic qualifying session.

"It's a pity for the team and for me," said Rosberg. "Again it's reliability and, also, I would prefer to be battling with Lewis and have the maximum adrenaline rush and not be like this... It's not the same.

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