Hamilton cruises to Hungarian GP pole

Lewis Hamilton outpaced Mercedes teammate Nico Rosberg by over half a second for his ninth pole in 10 races, his fifth overall at the Hungaroring.

In the Q3 shootout, Rosberg closed on his final attempt on Hamilton, but the Brit followed up with a lap at 1:22.020s to the German’s 1:22.595s en route to an electrifying qualifying performance.

Sebastian Vettel pushed Scuderia Ferrari up to third with a 1:22.739s, while former teammate Daniel Ricciardo shot his Renault-powered Red Bull to fourth, tying the Aussie’s best qualifying effort of the season.

Kimi Raikkonen shrugged off a rough weekend thus far to qualify fifth, three-tenths off of teammate Vettel’s time but ahead of Williams driver Valtteri Bottas to lead an all Finnish third row.

Daniil Kvyatt, Felipe Massa, Max Verstappen and Romain Grosjean round out the remaining top 10.

Sahara Force India appeared to have a chance at Q3 after a stellar FP3 earlier in the day, however, Nico Hulkenberg missed out on the shootout by a mere 0.02s and would settle for 11th.

After advancing into Q2, Fernando Alonso brought out the red flag after his McLaren encountered issues on the exit of Turn 13. The Spaniard got out of the Honda-powered machine and literally pushed his car all the way back to the pits.
He will start tomorrow’s race in 15th.

Alonso’s teammate, Jenson Button, never made it out of Q1 and cited car issues that plagued the former champion’s efforts.

    Hungarian GP qualifying results
Pos Driver Team Time
1 Hamilton Mercedes 1:22.020
2 Rosberg Mercedes 1:22.595
3 Vettel Ferrari 1:22.739
4 Ricciardo Red Bull 1:22.774
5 Raikkonen Ferrari 1:23.020
6 Bottas Williams 1:23.222
7 Kyvat Red Bull 1:23.332
8 Massa Williams 1:23.537
9 Verstappen Toro Rosso 1:23.679
10 Grosjean Lotus 1:24.181
11 Hulkenberg Force India 1:23.826
12 Sainz Toro Rosso 1:23.869
13 Perez Force India 1:24.461
14 Maldonado Lotus 1:24.609
15 Alonso McLaren 1:24.563
16 Button McLaren 1:24.739
17 Ericsson Sauber 1:24.843
18 Nasr Sauber 1:24.997
19 Merhi Manor 1:27.416
20 Stevens Manor 1:27.949

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Joey Barnes is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, IndyCar.com and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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