Hamilton storms to pole at the Hungaroring

The top three qualifiers

The top three qualifiers

Lewis Hamilton foiled a perfect lead-up to the Hungarian Grand Prix for Sebastian Vettel by claiming a stunning pole position.

After showing commanding pace all weekend Vettel seemingly had the prime starting position locked up.

But Hamilton unleashed a withering run, crossing the start/finish line just before the end of the shootout to steal Vettel’s top spot and realise his 30th career pole and fourth of the season.

Hamilton coaxed his Mercedes to a 1:19.388s lap, nabbing the Red Bull leader’s best of 1:19.426s as track temperatures soared into the 50 deg celsius range.

Lotus driver Romain Grosjean finally had something to cheer about, qualifying third and outgunning his illustrious team-mate Kimi Raikkonen (sixth) on the starting grid for only the second time this year.

There was no joy again for Mark Webber who almost mirrored Vettel’s moves in practice but was left forlorn after again being struck with a gremlin with his KERS.

The problem developed in Q1 before he scrambled into Q2 and then somehow managed to join the final 10 for the shootout.

However Webber did not leave the garage only alighting from his car in the closing minutes, clearly disgruntled at being the victim of another technical issue.

Ferrari ace Fernando Alonso qualified fifth with team-mate Felipe Massa to start seventh ahead of Dan Ricciardo, Sergio Perez and Webber.

See below for full qualifying results

 1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m19.388s
 2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m19.426 +0.038
 3 Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m19.595 +0.207
 4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m19.720 +0.332
 5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m19.791 +0.403
 6 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m19.851 +0.463
 7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m19.929 +0.541
 8 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m20.641 +1.253
 9 Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m22.398 +3.010
10 Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault no time set
11 Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m20.569 +0.791
12 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 1m20.580 +0.802
13 Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m20.777 +0.999
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m21.029 +1.251
15 Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m21.133 +1.355
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m21.219 +1.441
17 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m21.724 +1.374
18 Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m22.043 +1.693
19 Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m23.007 +2.657
20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m23.333 +2.983
21 Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m23.787 +3.437
22 Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m23.997 +3.647


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