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16:13 - Make sure to stay tuned to as we bring you all the latest reactions and developments following a wild qualifying here in Budapest. Until tomorrow, it's bye for now.

16:10 - That's it for today's live action at the Hungaroring, it's been a thrilling qualifying and we hope you've enjoyed it as much as we have. Many thanks for following our as-it-happens coverage of the session. We will be back in that spot o Sunday afternoon for the 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix, which gets under way at 14:00, local time - that's 13:00 BST.

16:05 - REPORT: Rosberg snatches pole after dramatic qualifying

16:03 - The fifth row will be occupied by Force India's Nico Hulkenberg and Williams' Valtteri Bottas.

16:01 - McLaren-Honda's Jenson Button slots into eighth behind his team-mate, as the team confirms its potential around the tight and twisty Hungaroring.

16:01 - Sebastian Vettel, in the only Ferrari that made it into Q3, has to settle for fifth. Another great performance from Carlos Sainz in the Toro Rosso, as the Spaniard qualifies sixth ahead of his childhood hero Fernando Alonso. The double world champion was the one who triggered the yellow flags in the final lap, thus hampering Hamilton's last attempt.

16:00 - Red Bull locks up the second row, with Daniel Ricciardo heading team-mate Max Verstappen, who crossed the line too late to be able to complete his final flying lap.

15:58 - Lewis Hamilton will line up next to his team-mate on Sunday's grid.

15:56 - The German did not have to lift off in the second sector and was able to pip Hamilton in the dying minutes.

15:56 - And Rosberg claims pole position for the 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix!

15:56 - Hamilton's lap was ruined as he had to lift off. Not the case for Rosberg and Vettel.

15:56 - Yellow flags are waved in sector 2

15:55 - Hamilton already three tenths faster than his previous benchmark in the first sector alone.

15:54 - Hamilton starting his final lap. Can he find more pace in his Mercedes W07?

15:53 - Drivers now on their out lap before their final attempt. Can Hamilton secure his 56th career pole? Answer in less than two minutes.

15:52 - Sainz moves up to sixth and pushes fellow Spaniard Alonso down to seventh, as provisional pole sitter Hamilton exits the pit lane for his final run in quali.

15:51 - Alonso edges team-mate Button for P6, as Verstappen complains about his gearbox.

15:49 - Ricciardo and Verstappen finding more time in the Red Bulls but they are still occupying the second row behind the Mercedes. Thrilling stuff!

15:48 - Rosberg improves his personal best but falls 0.093s shy of Hamilton's table-topping time. Vettel just got caught out out of the final corner and can only manage fifth fastest.

15:47 - Vettel in the surviving Ferrari currently on his out lap. We have yet to see the sort of pace the Scuderia can produce in Q3. Right now, it is shaping up as a straight fight between Mercedes and Red Bull.

15:47 - Ricciardo nearly loses it on the outside of the final corner. The Australian loses a chunk of time but still slots into third and ahead of his team-mate Verstappen.

15:46 - And Hamilton goes provisional pole with a 1:20.108 effort!

15:45 - Rosberg sets the first time of Q3 and it's a 1:20.499

15:44 - Rosberg starts his first flyer after an interesting out lap. The German was going over the kerbs to assess how wet they still were.

15:43 - Could we see a second non-Mercedes pole this time after Monaco, where Ricciardo starred? Team-mate Verstappen has been looking pretty feisty this weekend so far!

15:42 - The final part of qualifying gets under way. In a little over 12 minutes, we will know who lines up on pole position for the 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix.

15:42 - Green flag!

15:41 - Both McLaren-Hondas in Q3, strong performance from Sainz (again) in the Toro Rosso, Hamilton through by the skin of his teeth after a messy final lap!

15:40 - Q3 will get under way at 15:42, local time.

15:38 - Drivers taking part in the pole position shootout are Verstappen, Rosberg, Ricciardo, Alonso, Hulkenberg, Vettel, Button, Bottas, Sainz, and Hamilton

15:37 - Out in Q2 are Grosjean, Kvyat, Perez, Raikkonen, Gutierrez, and Nasr.

15:36 - Ricciardo squeezes in by clocking the third fastest time. Red Bull team-mate Verstappen goes fastest. Hamilton lucky to escape in 10th!

15:36 - Rosberg going P1, Raikkonen out of Q2.

15:35 - Raikkonen goes quickest... then it's team-mate Vettel lowering the benchmark.

15:35 - The chequered flag is out but drivers are still on their final lap and improving

15:34 - Ricciardo went wide at Turn 1. The Australian only one more shot to make it into Q3.

15:33 - Alonso re-claims top spot with a 1:26.047 flyer. Hamilton slots into P2.

15:32 - Vettel lowers the current benchmark to a 1:28.374 but times are tumbling down at the moment.

15:31 - 1:29.429 for the Force India, as Bottas aborts his latest flyer by pitting.

15:31 - Alonso improves to set a new benchmark with a 1:29.717... only to be beaten by Perez. But Bottas is going faster than both right behind.

15:30 - Bottas goes nearly one second faster than Hamilton with a 1:30.647 effort on slicks.

15:30 - Everybody now on the red-banded supersoft compound.

15:30 - And Bottas is three tenths fastest through the first sector alone! Looks like the gamble is paying off.

15:29 - Bottas on his maiden flyer on the slicks. Let's see what sort of pace the Finn can produce.

15:28 - More drivers switching to the supersoft compound.

15:28 - Hamilton clocks a new fastest lap on a 1:31.571. Verstappen moves up to P2 behind the triple world champion.

15:27 - Bottas gambling on the slick supersoft compound for Williams!

15:26 - Hamilton flying out there with purple first and second sectors.

15:25 - Red Bull team-mate slots into fourth behind the two Mercedes.

15:24 - Ricciardo sets a new quickest mark on a 1:32.088 flyer

15:23 - Team-mate Raikkonen cannot match Vettel's pace. Grosjean now the pace setter... only to be beaten by Rosberg, and then Hamilton goes fastest - 1:32.378 for the triple world champion

15:22 - Vettel sets the early pace in Q2 with a 1:34.137 effort

15:22 - Blue sky above the Hungaroring as Vettel laps the Budapest venue

15:21 - Bottas second on track behind the lead Ferrari, as the four-time world champion sets off for his maiden flyer in Q2.

15:20 - Vettel leads a gaggle of cars out of the pit lane.

15:20 - Green flag!

15:19 - Inters clearly the name of the game by now.

15:18 - So, Q1 took 75 minutes to being completed. Q2 about to get under way.

15:15 - A very disjointed opening segment of qualifying then, but championship leader Rosberg emerges in P1 ahead of Mercedes team-mate Hamilton.

15:13 - Heatbreak for Renault, as Palmer did not get a chance to improve and is 17th fastest. The Briton is the first driver eliminated in Q1. Also out are Massa, who crashed out, Magnussen, who made a mistake by fitting full wets at the last re-start, Ericsson, who went off as well, and the two Manors of Wehrlein and Haryanto, who caused the latest red flag.

15:13 - Q1 will not be re-started.

15:12 - It's Haryanto! The Indonesian has gone off at the same spot - Turn 10 - where Ericsson crashed earlier in Q1.

15:12 - And another red flag!

15:11 - Flurry of improvements, Hamilton goes P1, ahead of Alonso and Vettel.

15:11 - Magnussen back in the pits to switch to inters. That's a lost lap for the Dane there. Only two minutes left in Q1.

15:10 - Hamilton a massive two seconds faster in the first sector alone.

15:10 - Hamilton heading Vettel on their latest flyer.

15:09 - Incidentally, Magnussen is currently in the drop zone.

15:08 - Every one on inters, save for Magnussen with the Dane still on full wets in the Renault R.S.16

15:08 - Green flag!

15:07 - Most cars seem to be on Pirelli's green-banded intermediates.

15:06 - Alonso now heading the queue of cars forming in the pit lane.

15:04 - 05:20 left on the clock in Q1 as Massa returns to the pits.

15:03 - Massa hitching a ride with the medical car as his stricken FW38 gets removed by the recovery crane.

15:02 - "Unbelievable", said Massa over team radio after crashing into the barriers. Toro Rosso's Kvyat has managed to get himself out of the drop zone by moving up to fourth before the red flag. Team-mate Sainz is down in 19th.

15:01 - Massa's fellow Felipe - Nasr that is - vaulted himself to P1 just before the latest red flag!

15:00 - Massa just pitted for inters. The Brazilian lost his FW38 in Turn 4 when he put a wheel on the kerb.

15:00 - Red flag is out again!

14:59 - Oh dear! We have another crasher! It's Massa

14:58 - Hamilton is still on full wets and about to clock another flyer... but the Briton shoots straight at the chicane of Turn 6 and 7! Hamilton rallies through the gravel to rejoin the track.

14:57 - Red Bull and Ferrari already gambling on going out on inters!

14:57 - Less than eight minutes left in Q1.

14:56 - The two Toro Rossos are following the surviving Sauber. Both Sainz and Kvyat are in the drop zone at the moment.

14:55 - Nasr leads a stream of cars out on track, as team-mate Ericsson is already back to the Sauber pit wall.

14:55 - Green flag!

14:54 - The session will restart at 14:55, local time, i.e. under one minute. All cars in the pit lane are still on Pirelli's blue-banded full-wet tyres.

14:53 - We're still under red flag conditions in Budapest but Nasr and Kvyat emerging from their garages.

14:51 - Now, the question is about when the crossover to the intermediate tyre happens.

14:50 - 09:00 left on the clock, as the sun starts to poke its head through the clouds above the Hungaroring.

14:49 - Vettel is only 12th, six spots behind team-mate Raikkonen.

14:48 - Bottom six currently reads: Gutierrez, Kvyat, Sainz, Ericsson, and the two Manors of Wehrlein and Haryanto.

14:47 - Rosberg and Hamilton moved up to seventh and ninth respectively, with Ericsson's team-mate Nasr sandwiched in between the two Mercedes.

14:46 - Just before the latest interruption, Ricciardo vaulted himself up to first place with a 1:39.968 effort.

14:45 - It's Ericsson! The Sauber driver has gone off and his C35 is buried under the advertising boards attached to the tyre wall at Turn 10.

14:45 - Red flag!

14:45 - Verstappen clocks a new fastest lap on a 1:40.424. Hamilton and Rosberg out of the drop zone.

14:44 - And the Dutchman is down by two tenths on Perez' benchmark at the end of the second ector.

14:42 - Alonso has gone out, as Verstappen starts his second flyer in the wet.

14:41 - Top three drivers - Perez, Hulkenberg, and Alonso - feeling confident with their lap times? All are in the pits at the moment.

14:40 - Small alert for Hamilton? "There is quite a lot of smoke coming out of my radiator" reports the Briton, who was sitting second behind Verstappen in the queue of cars.

14:40 - Q1 resumes with 13min08s left in the opening segment. A stream of cars trickle out on track.

14:40 - Green flag!

14:40 - Verstappen already at the head of the long queue of cars ready to go out.

14:39 - Qualifying will re-start in under one minute, at 14:40, local time.

14:33 - The Safety Car is back out to assess track conditions following the latest shower.

14:32 - Hamilton did get slightly impeded by Toro Rosso's Kvyat in the penultimate corner

14:31 - Currently in the knock-out zone are Ericsson, Raikkonen, Wehrlein, Rosberg, Hamilton, and Haryanto.

14:29 - Raikkonen only 18th at the moment.

14:28 - Ricciardo is fifth, ahead of Bottas, Verstappen, Grosjean, Vettel, and Palmer.

14:27 - And we have two Force Indias on top of the time sheets for the moment, with Perez ahead of Hulkenberg. Alonso is third, with Felipe Nasr a strong fourth for Sauber.

14:26 - Both Mercedes of Rosberg and Hamilton are currently in the drop zone, having only set the 20th and 21st fastest time.

14:25 - Conditions have worsened again, hence race control red-flagging Q1 with 13:08 left on the clock.

14:25 - Red flag!

14:24 - 'Very heavy rain', reports Vettel. Perez fastest at the moment on a 1:41.411. Hamilton and Rosberg in trouble.

14:24 - Massa clocks the first mark of qualifying and it's a 1:43.99 effort.


14:23 - Clear track for the Brazilian veteran, traffic jam behind as drivers jostle for clean air ahead of them.

14:22 - Williams has been struggling in the wet across recent years. Massa's radio crackles: 'We're expecting more heavy rain in the next minutes. So we need to capitalise on these first few laps).

14:21 - Kimi Raikkonen joins the fray (should we say 'spray'?) for Ferrari.

14:20 - Perez is in his tow, with Williams team-mate Valtteri Bottas already trying to look past the Mexican

14:20 - Massa leads a stream of cars out on track. Full wets for every car.

14:20 - Q1 gets under way at the Hungaroring. 18 minutes for the opening segment. The slowest six drivers get knocked out of qualifying.

14:20 - Green flag!

14:16 - Race control confirms qualifying will get under way at 14:20, local time.

14:15 - Drivers now getting ready, putting their balaclavas and crash helmets on. Looks like we will get going in five minutes.

14:11 - Less than 10 minutes before qualifying gets under way, unless there is another delay that is of course. Safety Car is back out to evaluate track conditions.

14:07 - Most drivers are out of their cars and chatting to their engineers in the garages.

14:06 - Here is how the pit lane looks like at the moment

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14:05 - It's only spitting at the moment but the puddles on track look quite deep, and there is a lot of standing water

14:03 - OFFICIAL: Race control announces a further delay of 10 minutes. Start of qualifying now scheduled for 14:20, local time.

14:00 - The Safety Car is currently assessing track conditions around the Hungaroring.

13:58 - The start of qualifying has been officially delayed by 10 minutes.

13:57 - The old track surface used to drain water and dry out fairly quickly. Now, the Hungaroring has been resurfaced ahead of this year's edition so we shall see whether this is still the case on the new layout.

13:54 - Rain still coming down quite heavily as we approach the scheduled start of qualifying.

13:50 - Looks like it's going to be a wet qualifying. Will this spring some surprises. Remember Force India's Nico Hulkenberg lining on the front row in Austria, with McLaren-Honda's Jenson Button in third right behind. We can hear thunderstorm  around the Hungaroring, so qualifying might well be delayed.

13:40 - Once again, Ferrari appeared to be only the third quickest team around the Budapest circuit but Kimi Raikkonen, who finished fifth in FP3, was fairly close to the cars in front, with Sebastian Vettel some way behind in sixth.

13:38 - Not that we were going to lack any action, given how tight FP3 was. Yes, Mercedes' Nico Rosberg set the pace once again but the German was only 0.002s ahead of second-placed Max Verstappen. Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was third, a few tenths behind. Lewis Hamilton, a four-time Hungarian Grand Prix winner, was only fourth and half a second down on Rosberg.

13:36 - Important weather update: the heavens opened above the Hungaroring a few minutes earlier and quickly soaked the track. This should make up for an exciting pole position shoot out.

13:35 - Hello and welcome back to F1i's live coverage of the 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix. Qualifying will get under way in just under 25 minutes in Budapest.

12:16 - NEWS: FIA: 'Zero tolerance' approach to track limits in Hungary

12:15 - After dominating Friday free practice, Mercedes has seen Red Bull close the gap in FP3. Things are shaping up nicely for qualifying, which gets under way at 14:00, local time - that's 13:00 BST. We will be back in that spot for the traditional build up. The topic of track limits is sure to pop up this afternoon. The FIA has decided to adopt a zero tolerance approach to the issues in Budapest. Chris Medland has the story.

12:10 - REPORT: Verstappen takes fight to Rosberg in FP3

12:04 - A late flyer on the supersoft tyre promotes Sergio Perez to ninth for Force India, while Renault rookie Jolyon Palmer rounds up the top 10 following a strong performance.

12:03 - Fernando Alonso claims a strong seventh to confirm McLaren-Honda's potential. The Spaniard finishes ahead of Williams' Valtteri Bottas, who was running a new floor on the FW38 in FP3.

12:02 - Ferrari is still looking like the third fastest team, as Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel slots into fifth and sixth respectively.

12:01 - Daniel Ricciardo makes it two Red Bulls in the top 3, while this was a disjointed session for triple world champion Lewis Hamilton in the second Mercedes W07. The Briton has to settle for fourth fastest.

12:00 - Mercedes sweeps free practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix, as Nico Rosberg sets the pace in FP3 in Budapest. However, the F1 points leader is only two thousandths of a second ahead of second-placed Max Verstappen in the lead Red Bull.

12:00 - Chequered flag!

11:58 - Magnussen improves to P12 but the Dane remains two spots behind Palmer, who impresses with the 10th fastest time so far.

11:57 - Alonso has improved to seventh fastest. McLaren-Honda seems to confirm it is the 'best of the rest' behind the big three at the moment.

11:55 - A very strong lap from Verstappen, as the Red Bull ace slots into second and only 0.002s behind pace setter Rosberg!

11:54 - Force India has finally bolted supersofts to Perez' VJM09 and the Mexican duly vaults himself to P9. Team-mate Hulkenberg can only improve to 15th fastest.

11:53 - Hamilton improves to third but the triple world champion is over 0.5s adrift of his team-mate

11:52 - That's nearly half a second quicker than second-placed Ricciardo.

11:51 - The German sets a new fastest lap, as he roars past the pits and crosses the line on a 1:20.261

11:51 - Pace setter Rosberg is on a flying lap and improving.

11:50 - As we enter the final ten minutes of action this morning, Button improves to ninth on the supersoft compound.

11:46 - An unusual sight around the bottom of the timesheets with Force India's Perez and Hulkenberg currently 20th and 21st. Neither of them has used the supersoft tyre so far though.

11:44 - Of course, as I type this, second-placed Ricciardo emerges from the Red Bull garage for another run in FP3.

11:43 - A fairly quiet track at the moment, with only Massa, Sainz, and Wehrlein circulating on the Hungaroring.

11:40 - This means we currently have a Mercedes leading from a Red Bull and a Ferrari. Could this signal a great three-way battle to come?

11:39 - Raikkonen improves to third fastest with a 1:20.859 flyer

11:38 - Following his Friday woes, Palmer runs a strong ninth in the Renault R.S.16, 1.5s off the ultimate pace.

11:37 - Raikkonen edges team-mate Vettel for P4. 1:21.143 for the Finn against 1:21.339 for the German

11:36 - Vettel moves up to fourth in the lead Ferrari SF16-H. The German remains behind one Mercedes and two Red Bulls. Hamilton only fifth at the moment.

11:34 - Alonso gains one position, as the Spaniard improves to eighth quickest on the red-striped supersoft compound.

11:33 - Verstappen finds more pace on his latest flyer but the 18-year-old remains third fastest behind Rosberg and Ricciardo.

11:32 - Alonso appears in the top 10 as he powers the second MP4-31 to ninth fastest, one spot ahead of team-mate Button.

11:30 - Verstappen hooks up three personal best sectors and pops up into third on a 1:21.379. The Dutchman is three tenths down on team-mate Ricciardo.

11:27 - Grosjean exceeding track limits at Turn 4 and 12, not the first driver to do so this weekend. Should he do the same in qualifying, the Frenchman will see his time being deleted.

11:25 - Button's first timed effort is good enough for P8. The McLaren-Honda MP4-31 is definitely feeling at ease around the tight and twisty Hungaroring.

11:24 - Romain Grosjean puts the Haas VF-16 onthe leaderboard. The Frenchman sets the 12th fastest time... but is immediately pushed down to 13th.

11:23 - 1:24.999 - A slow time by Hamilton's standards. The triple world champion had a scruffy lap

11:22 - Hamilton sets off for another flying lap on the red-marked supersoft tyre. Can he respond to team-mate Rosberg's pace.

11:21 - Max Verstappen climbing into his Red Bull RB12 and getting ready to go out for the first time in FP3. Only 16 drivers on the leaderboard so far.

11:20 - Still no time for either Button or Alonso this morning, as Rosberg lowers the benchmark to a 1:20.547

11:18 - Raikkonen improves his mark but the 2007 world champion is a full six tenths slower than Rosberg.

11:17 - And that's a new fastest lap for Rosberg, who posts a 1:20.811. That's a couple of tenths faster than Ricciardo.

11:17 - Championship leader Rosberg about to clock his first time in FP3. The German is on the red-striped supersoft compound.

11:16 - They are followed by the Toro Rosso duo of Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz in sixth and seventh.

11:15 - Williams showing more promising pace with Massa and team-mate Valtteri Bottas currently fourth and fifth respectively.

11:14 - Raikkonen pops up into third courtesy of a 1:21.487 effort. Only 14 drivers have set a time so far.

11:12 - Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo sets a new fastest lap with a 1:21.028 in the RB12. That's four tenths quicker than what Hamilton's previous benchmark.

11:10 - Felipe Massa also straight onto the softest compound available, the supersfot that is. The Williams driver logs a 1:22.065 to go second fastest.

11:10 - Round Perez goes and stops the clock on a 1:24.400 in the VJM09. The 26-year-old slots into third in the early stages.

11:09 - Force India's Sergio Perez starts his first flying lap of the session. The Mexican is on the white-walled medium tyre.

11:08 - Hamilton had a small lock up at Turn 12 on his first timed effort.

11:07 - The triple world champion clocks a new benchmark on a 1:21.441

11:06 - Hamilton straight onto Pirelli's red-banded supersoft tyre.

11:05 - Renault rookie Jolyon Palmer slots in between the two Manors. The Briton will be pleased to be able to run smoothly from the off, having suffered a recurring fuel system issue throughout the opening day.

11:04 - Team-mate Rio Haryanto sets a new fastest lap on a 1:24.272

11:03 - Wehrlein posts the first time of FP3 on a 1:25.901

11:02 - F1 points leader Rosberg comes out as well, while Ricciardo has yet to put his crash helmet on.

11:01 - Button also heading out but the Briton perfoms a practice start on pit exit before setting off for his maiden run this morning.

11:00 - Immediately out are Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen in the #7 SF16-H and Manor rookie Pascal Wehrlein in the #94 MRT05.

11:00 - The third and final practice session gets under way in Budapest.

11:00 - Green flag!

10:59 - NEWS: Williams to run new floor in FP3

10:56 - Hamilton is the winningest driver around the Hungaroring with four victories, tied with seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher. McLaren-Honda team-mates Alonso and Button both claimed their first ever F1 win in Budapest: 2003 for the Spaniard with Renault; 2006 for the Briton with Honda.

10:53 - Following Rosberg's 10-second time penalty in Silverstone over unauthorised radio messages, the FIA has issued a series of clarifications before the Budapest event. It's fair to say that these received a mixed reactions from teams and drivers.

10:52 - The track has been resurfaced ahead of the 31st Hungarian Grand Prix, while electronic sensors have been placed in key corners to avoid drivers exceeding track limits. It will be interesting to see how things unfold in qualifying.

10:51 - Less than ten minue before the Hungaroring turns green

10:46 - Behind the top three teams, McLare-Honda showed promising pace as Fernando Alonso and Jenson Button slotted into seventh and eight across both Friday sessions. The Spaniard did have to change its power unit though, while his world champion team-mate already ruled out a challenge at the front.

10:45 - Temperatures are soaring here in Hungary. It's already 28˚C in the air, while track temperatures read 40˚C.

10:43 - Red Bull confirmed its strong potential with the Milton Keynes-based outfit emerging as the second fastest team behind Mercedes, and ahead of Ferrari.

10:41 - Mercedes dominated the opening day of action at the Hungaroring with Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg topping a session apiece. The Briton led the way in the morning, while his German team-mate, who signed a new two-year contract with Mercedes, was fastest in the afternoon. The only cloud came from Hamilton crashing into the tyre barrier in FP2 and missing out on valuable track time.

10:40 - Hello and welcome to F1i's live coverage of the 2016 Hungarian Grand Prix from Budapest. The third and final free practice session will get under way in just under 20 minutes.