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Lewis Hamilton continues Hungary dominance with pole

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Saturday 28th July, 2012 - 11:17pm

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Lewis Hamilton has continued his domination of the Formula 1 field in Budapest, securing pole position for tomorrow’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

The McLaren driver was fastest in all three qualifying sessions and rubbed salt into the wounds on his final lap, going even faster than his former fast time. The only time he didn’t look like the fastest man at the track was on his first fast lap in the final session when his McLaren snapped into a vicious oversteer at Turn 1.

The pole is Hamilton’s third for the year after he collected pole in the opening two races in Australia and Malaysia.

Hamilton will start ahead of Renault’s Romain Grosjean, who collected his best-ever Grand Prix qualifying position.

Reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel will start third. He ran wide on his final fast lap attempt, but was unlikely to topple Hamilton’s best time.

McLaren’s Jenson Button took fourth place, ahead of Kimi Raikonnen, world title leader Fernando Alonso and his Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa.

Williams duo Pastor Maldonado and Bruno Senna and Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg round out the top 10.

Australian Mark Webber was fastest in the morning’s practice session but was knocked out of the final qualifying session by Senna and will start 11th.

The Mercedes team had a horror qualifying session, with Nico Rosberg taking 13th and Michael Schumacher 17th.

Toro Rosso’s Australian driver Daniel Riccardo will start 18th.

Qualifying, Hungarian Grand Prix

Pos No Driver Team Q1 Q2 Q3 Laps
1 4 Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1:21.794 1:21.060 1:20.953 18
2 10 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1:22.755 1:21.657 1:21.366 26
3 1 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:22.948 1:21.407 1:21.416 18
4 3 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1:22.028 1:21.618 1:21.583 22
5 9 Kimi Räikkönen Lotus-Renault 1:22.234 1:21.583 1:21.730 22
6 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:22.095 1:21.598 1:21.844 19
7 6 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:22.203 1:21.534 1:21.900 19
8 18 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1:22.475 1:21.504 1:21.939 22
9 19 Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1:22.271 1:21.697 1:22.343 24
10 12 Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1:22.176 1:21.653 1:22.847 19
11 2 Mark Webber Red Bull Racing-Renault 1:22.829 1:21.715 17
12 11 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1:21.912 1:21.813 15
13 8 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:22.079 1:21.895 16
14 15 Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.110 1:21.895 17
15 14 Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1:22.801 1:22.300 17
16 17 Jean-Eric Vergne STR-Ferrari 1:22.799 1:22.380 10
17 7 Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1:22.436 1:22.723 17
18 16 Daniel Ricciardo STR-Ferrari 1:23.250 8
19 20 Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1:23.576 8
20 21 Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1:24.167 7
21 25 Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1:25.244 9
22 24 Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1:25.476 10
23 22 Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1:25.916 9
24 23 Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1:26.178 11

See below for Speedcafe.com’s Hungarian Grand Prix Race Guide.

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