Hungarian Grand Prix 2012: Lewis Hamilton dominates to take pole

Mclaren’s Lewis Hamilton takes pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of Romain Grosjean and Sebastian Vettel

By Charli Burden
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Lewis Hamilton in qualifying action Photo: Courtesy of Vodafone McLaren Mercedes

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Mclaren’s Lewis Hamilton took pole position for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix after a dominant qualifying performance.

Hamilton, who drove his 100th grand prix in Germany last weekend, completed the fastest lap of one minute 20.953 seconds to claim McLaren’s 150th pole.

The British driver, who was fastest in both Friday practice sessions, continued his impressive weekend form and appears to be the man to beat in Hungary.

Lotus’s Romain Grosjean will start from second on the grid, trailing Hamilton by 0.413 seconds, while Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel qualified in third ahead of Jenson Button.

“It has been a really positive weekend so far,” said Hamilton. “The guys have done an incredible job this weekend as always, preparing the car and to finally see the upgrades working this weekend”.

“I’ve been able to put the car in places that I couldn’t previously do so generally every lap has been quite good through practice and qualifying”.

“This is motor racing and we’re not saying we’re lax about it, as we know we have a lot of work to do, so we are trying to start that work this weekend”.

Despite topping the timesheets in final practice, Red Bull’s Mark Webber will begin the race from 11th after he was knocked out in the second session.

Speculation that Ferrari does not have the fastest car in terms of outright pace in the dry were proved in qualifying, as world championship leader
Fernando Alonso qualified in sixth – his team-mate Felipe Massa will start behind him in seventh.

Hungarian Grand Prix 2012: Starting grid

1 Lewis Hamilton (Gbr) McLaren 1’20.953

2 Romain Grosjean (Fra) Lotus F1 Team 1’21.366

3 Sebastian Vettel (Ger) Red Bull 1’21.416

4 Jenson Button (Gbr) McLaren 1’21.583

5 Kimi Raikkonen (Fin) Lotus F1 Team 1’21.730

6 Fernando Alonso (Spa) Ferrari 1’21.844

7 Felipe Massa (Bra) Ferrari 1’21.900

8 Pastor Maldonado (Ven) Williams 1’21.939

9 Bruno Senna (Bra) Williams 1’22.343

10 Nico Hulkenberg (Ger) Force India 1’22.847

11 Mark Webber (Aus) Red Bull 1’21.715

12 Paul di Resta (Gbr) Force India 1’21.813

13 Nico Rosberg (Ger) Mercedes GP 1’21.895

14 Sergio Perez (Mex) Sauber-Ferrari 1’21.895

15 Kamui Kobayashi (Jpn) Sauber-Ferrari 1’22.300

16 Jean-Eric Vergne (Fra) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1’22.380

17 Michael Schumacher (Ger) Mercedes GP 1’22.723

18 Daniel Ricciardo (Aus) Scuderia Toro Rosso 1’23.250

19 Heikki Kovalainen (Fin) Caterham 1’23.576

20 Vitaly Petrov (Rus) Caterham 1’24.167

21 Charles Pic (Fra) Marussia 1’25.244

22 Timo Glock (Ger) Marussia 1’25.476

23 Pedro de la Rosa (Spa) HRT-F1 1’25.916

24 Narain Karthikeyan (Ind) HRT-F1 1’26.178

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