Hamilton wins 9th pole position in the season
Lewis Hamilton claimed pole position for the Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix. This is his 47th career pole, fifth at Hungaroring and he has now come out on top in qualifying in nine of the 10 races this season.
During the first qualifying round, Hamilton continued from where he had stopped in the practice sessions, but the second Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg complained about understeering. Red Bull looked as sharp as it did on Friday, while Ferraris were still quite unconvincing.
The reigning champion was the fastest in Q1 with a lap time 1:22.890, followed by Rosberg and Sebastian Vettel, while Jenson Button in McLaren failed to qualify for the second round, just as both Saubers with Felipe Nasr and Marcus Ericsson and both Manors with Roberto Merhi and Will Stevens.
The drivers were on soft tyres in the second qualifying round, but the session was halted with eight minutes to go after Fernando Alonso’s McLaren stopped on the track. Eight drivers in that moment failed to score a full lap, so it was expected that the remaining seven minutes would be pretty interesting.
However, Hamilton (1:22.285) and Rosberg once again proved that they were far better than their opponents, while Nico Hulkenberg, Carlos Sainz, Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado were eliminated from Q3, together with unlucky Alonso.
The only question before the third round was whether Hamilton or Rosberg would win the pole position as Mercedes looked unbeatable. At the end, the championship leader again was the fastest, this time with 1:22.020, leaving Rosberg 0.575 seconds behind. Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo won the places in the second starting row, while Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas will start from the third row.