German Nico Rosberg scored his sixth pole position this season despite changing weather conditions during Q3, Saturday at the Hungaroring.
But the big story of course was Lewis Hamilton's retirement before the Briton even set a lap in Q1. A fuel leak set fire to his car during his warm-up, only a week after a brake failure sent him flying into the wall at Hockenheim.
Such technical issues are worrying, even for Rosberg. But the German is confident Hamilton will be fighting for a good result Sunday.
"We need to sort out the reliability issues but I know that tonight there will be great team effort to fix his car – just like in Hockenheim where the whole garage pitched in to help rebuild it," said the pole-sitter.
"It takes away a bit of the excitement when there is no gloves-off battle because that’s what we are here for. But tomorrow is a long race and I’m sure that Lewis can get another good result."
Qualifying results – Hungarian Grand Prix (round 11 of 19)
1.Nico Rosberg (Mercedes W05) - 1'22"715 - Q3
2.Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull RB10-Renault) - 1'23"201 - Q3
3.Valtteri Bottas (Williams FW36-Mercedes) - 1'23"354 - Q3
4.Daniel Ricciardo (Red Bull RB10-Renault) - 1'23"391 - Q3
5.Fernando Alonso (Ferrari F14-T) - 1'23"909 - Q3
6.Felipe Massa (Williams FW36-Mercedes) - 1'24"223 - Q3
7.Jenson Button (McLaren MP4/29-Mercedes) - 1'24"294 - Q3
8.Jean-Eric Vergne (Toro Rosso STR9-Renault) - 1'24"720 - Q3
9.Nico Hulkenberg (Force India VJM07-Mercedes) - 1'24"775 - Q3
10.Kevin Magnussen (McLaren MP4/29-Mercedes) - no time - Q3
11.Daniil Kvyat (Toro Rosso STR9-Renault) - 1'24"706 - Q2
12.Adrian Sutil (Sauber C33-Ferrari) - 1'25"136 - Q2
13.Sergio Perez (Force India VJM07-Mercedes) - 1'25"211 - Q2
14.Esteban Gutierrez (Sauber C33-Ferrari) - 1'25"260 - Q2
15.Romain Grosjean (Lotus E22-Renault) - 1'25"337 - Q2
16.Jules Bianchi (Marussia MR03-Ferrari) - 1'27"419 - Q2
17.Kimi Raikkonen (Ferrari F14-T) - 1'26"792 - Q1
18.Kamui Kobayashi (Caterham CT05-Renault) - 1'27"139 - Q1
19.Max Chilton (Marussia MR03-Ferrari) - 1'27"819 - Q1
20.Marcus Ericsson (Caterham CT05-Renault) - 1'28"643 - Q1
21.Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes W05) - no time - Q1
22.Pastor Maldonado (Lotus E22-Renault) - no time - Q1