Rosberg expects to keep Hungary pole


Nico Rosberg brushed off concerns over the legitimacy of his pole lap for the Hungarian Grand Prix, after pipping Mercedes team-mate Lewis Hamilton to top spot on Saturday.

Hamilton led after the first runs in Q3 and looked set to improve on his time, but Fernando Alonso's spin in the final sector brought out the yellow flags and scuppered the Briton's ability to improve.

Further down the road, Rosberg was able to benefit from the yellow flags' withdrawal, although he did encounter one corner with speed restrictions in place.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner raised immediate doubts as to whether Rosberg had slowed down enough, but the German insisted he obeyed the rules, with on-board data suggesting he had lifted off completely.

"For sure, there were double-waved yellows, but I had a very, very big lift," Rosberg said in the post-qualifying news conference.

"I lost a lot of time as a result and [I was] also slower than on my previous lap in that yellow segment, so I am sure it will be okay."

Mercedes chief Toto Wolff also confirmed to Sky Sports that stewards had not immediately opted to investigate Rosberg.

The championship leader has never secured a podium finish at the Hungaroring, while Hamilton has four race wins to his name at the venue.

And the double-defending champion was not too concerned at having to start second.

"I don't know how much Nico was up, but I got the fastest first sector, four tenths up, I felt good on the lap," he said.

"These things happen, not too disappointed, tricky session, I did the best I could do and we have a long race ahead of us tomorrow."