Rosberg keeps Hungarian pole, Hamilton hindered by yellow flags

Sat Jul 23, 2016 3:47pm EDT
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By Abhishek Takle

BUDAPEST (Reuters) - Nico Rosberg will keep pole position for Sunday's Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix after having come under investigation for not slowing down enough for the yellow flags that cost title rival Lewis Hamilton a shot at top spot.

A spin for McLaren’s Fernando Alonso brought out the yellow flags in the dying seconds of a marathon rain-delayed qualifying session.

Hamilton, on his final flying lap, came upon Alonso's, car which was sideways and partially on the track, and had to abort his run. The Briton was already on provisional pole and going faster than Rosberg at that time.

His German team mate, behind Hamilton on the road, improved on his final lap to seize pole despite onboard footage showing Rosberg driving past 'double waved' yellow flags, prompting the investigation.

The rules state that a driver must reduce speed significantly and be prepared to change direction or stop in case of 'double waved' yellow flags, and Rosberg and team boss Toto Wolff argued he had lifted off enough.

“No further action,” stewards declared in a statement on concluding their investigation more than three hours after the end of qualifying.

“The telemetry demonstrated that the driver reduced speed significantly into turn eight.”

The stewards' decision secures Rosberg the 26th pole of his career and fourth of the season.   Continued...

Hungary Formula One - F1 - Hungarian Grand Prix 2016 - Hungaroring, Hungary - 23/7/16 Mercedes' Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg with Red Bull Racing's Daniel Ricciardo after qualification REUTERS/Laszlo Balogh