Lewis Hamilton takes dominant pole at the Hungaroring

Lewis Hamilton will start tomorrow’s race at the Hungaroring from pole position setting fastest times in all three qualifying sessions; and both practice sessions on Friday, posting a time of 1:20.953 in Qualifying 3, 0.413 seconds faster than Lotus’ Romain Grosjean and 0.630 seconds ahead of McLaren team mate Jenson Button, who will start from fourth place after being bumped by Grosjean’s last moment lap, which will mean that Button starts on the dirty side of the grid.

Nothing of note to report during the Q1 session; all three new teams were knocked out in Q1, Toro Rosso’s Daniel Ricciardo joined Caterham’s Heikki Kovalainen and Vitaly Petrov, Marussia’s Charles Pic and Timo Glock, and HRT’s Pedro de la Rosa and Narain Karthikeyan sitting on the sidelines.

The Q2 session was more eventful with both Mercedes’ being knocked out; Nico Rosberg will start from 13th while Michael Schumacher will start from 17th place after being caught out on his flying lap by some dust; being pitched off the circuit! Mark Webber was bumped out of the top 10 at the last moment by Williams’ Bruno Senna by just two hundredths of a second. Force India’s Paul di Resta, Sauber’s Sergio Perez and Kamui Kobayashi and Squadro Toro Rosso’s Jean Eric Vergne joined the two Mercedes drivers and Webber in exiting qualifying during the Q2 session.

The top 10 shootout really just confirmed Lewis Hamilton’s dominance finishing the session four tenths of a second faster than anyone else. Romain Grosjean popped in the second fastest time in the closing moments demoting Sebastian Vettel to third and Jenson Button to fourth. Lotus team mate Kimi Raikkonen could only manage fifth fastest; almost eight tenths off the pole time. Fernando Alonso will start from sixth; nine tenths off pole and just five hundredths ahead of team mate Felipe Massa in seventh. Both Williams qualified in the top 10, starting from eighth and ninth places ahead of Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg who qualified 1.9 seconds off Hamilton’s pole time.

Baring any mishaps or mechanical failures, I wouldn’t bet against Lewis Hamilton winning the Hungarian Grand Prix. I’m hoping that Jenson Button can be up there on the podium despite his understeer problems. But in reality anything can happen with crash kids, Maldonado and Grosjean in the top 10 starters, the unpredictable tyres and the electronic aids, I’ll wait and see what happens!

Top 10 Qualifiers for the Hungarian Grand Prix:

1 Lewis Hamilton (McLaren) 1:20.953
2 Romain Grosjean (Lotus) +0.413
3 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull) +0.463
4 Jenson Button (McLaren) +0.630
5 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus) +0.777
6 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari) +0.891
7 Felipe Massa (Ferrari) +0.947
8 Pastor Maldonado (Williams) +0.986
9 Bruno Senna (Williams) +1.390
10 Nico Hulkenberg (Force India) +1.894

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