Having dominated every practice and qualifying session bar Practice Three, Lewis Hamilton took a superb pole position – McLaren’s 150th – at the Hungaroring Formula One this Saturday afternoon. Hamilton set the pace throughout and saw Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel fail to beat his benchmark of 1m 21.260s.
The German managed 1m 21.416s, and that withstood attack from McLaren’s Jenson Button (1m 21.583s), Lotus’s Kimi Raikkonen (1m 21.730s) and Ferrari team mates Fernando Alonso (1m 21.844s) and Felipe Massa (1m 21.900s).
Just to rub it in, Hamilton then lowered his time to 1m 20.953s, and in the final seconds Romain Grosjean thrust his Lotus round in 1m 21.366s to push Vettel down a place into third.
Thus the final order up front was Hamilton, Grosjean; Vettel, Button; Raikkonen, Alonso; Massa, Williams’ Pastor Maldonado (1m 21.939s); Williams’ Bruno Senna (1m 22.343s), Force India’s Nico Hulkenberg (1m 22.847s).