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Rosberg scoops Hungarian pole as Hamilton catches fire // Big names drop out early in qualifying

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Rosberg scoops Hungarian pole as Hamilton catches fire
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Lewis Hamilton suffered an early exit from qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix after his Mercedes caught fire during the first of the three sessions. The Brit attempted to get back to the pit lane but had to bail out of the car once the flames got too big. Pastor Maldonado was also out in that first session, whilst Kimi Räikkönen dropped out after Ferrari mistakenly believed he was safe. The Finn found himself bumped into the drop zone by Ferrari tester and Marussia driver Jules Bianchi.

The second session was relatively tame, but in the third it was Kevin Magnussen’s turn to crash into the barriers. He escaped unharmed but it was a huge crash for the McLaren driver. With no Hamilton to fight for pole, Nico Rosberg easily took the top spot and secured pole position, with Sebastian Vettel behind him. Valtteri Bottas did well in third, whilst Jenson Button ended up seventh ahead of a very strong Jean-Éric Vergne.