Hungarian Grand Prix 2013: Flying Lewis Hamilton steals pole
Hungarian Grand Prix 2013: Flying Lewis Hamilton snatches pole from world champion Sebastian Vettel in qualifying
Lewis Hamilton snatched pole unexpectedly from Sebastian Vettel in the last few seconds of qualifying and will start from the front for the third consecutive race at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Vettel set an early benchmark and seemed out of reach but Hamilton was in a league of his own and pipped the German by just a few thousandths of a second with a furiously fast lap of 1.19.388 minutes.
Despite being quickest in P3, Lotus driver Romain Grosjean was third ahead of Nico Rosberg’s Mercedes.
The Ferraris have work to do at the Hungaroring on Sunday after Fernando Alonso only managed fifth while team-mate Felipe Massa will start from seventh.
Kimi Raikkonen sees himself sandwiched between the pair and Sergio Perez limped into ninth place beating team-mate Jenson Button who will start from the unlucky 13th spot.
Red Bull’s Mark Webber was fortunate to make it to Q3 after suffering from a Kers failure during Q2 – he didn’t set a time in Q3 and will start from tenth.
Force India were left scratching their heads as Paul Di Resta dropped out of Q1 for the third time this season.
And here was further disappointment as team-mate Adrian Sutil narrowly missed out on a place in the top ten shoot out and will start his 100th race from 11th place.
Only one man in the last eight years has won from pole so it’s all to play for, however that man was tomorrow’s pole sitter and last year’s winner – Hamilton.
Hungarian Grand Prix 2013: Qualifying times
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:20.363 1:19.862 1:19.388
2 Sebastian Vettel Red Bull 1:20.646 1:19.992 1:19.426
3 Romain Grosjean Lotus 1:20.447 1:20.101 1:19.595
4 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1:20.350 1:19.778 1:19.720
5 Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1:20.652 1:20.183 1:19.791
6 Kimi Raikkonen Lotus 1:20.867 1:20.243 1:19.851
7 Felipe Massa Ferrari 1:21.004 1:20.460 1:19.929
8 Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso 1:21.181 1:20.527 1:20.641
9 Sergio Perez McLaren 1:21.612 1:20.545 1:22.398
10 Mark Webber Red Bull 1:21.264 1:20.503
11 Adrian Sutil Force India 1:21.471 1:20.569
12 Nico Hulkenberg Sauber 1:21.028 1:20.580
13 Jenson Button McLaren 1:21.131 1:20.777
14 Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso 1:21.345 1:21.029
15 Pastor Maldonado Williams 1:20.816 1:21.133
16 Valtteri Bottas Williams 1:21.135 1:21.219
17 Esteban Gutierrez Sauber 1:21.724
18 Paul Di Resta Force India 1:22.043
19 Charles Pic Caterham 1:23.007
20 Giedo van der Garde Caterham 1:23.333
21 Jules Bianchi Marussia 1:23.787
22 Max Chilton Marussia 1:23.997