Hamilton takes pole in Budapest

Lotus Grosjean to start second

Lewis Hamilton took pole position, his third of the season, at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday after dominating the two days of practice.

His McLaren team-mate and fellow Briton Jenson Button will start on the second row after producing the fourth fastest time in hot sunny conditions at the Hungaroring.

Frenchman Romain Grosjean of Lotus produced the second fastest time in qualifying followed by Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull. However, Vettel’s Red Bull team-mate Mark Webber, second in the world championship, will start on the sixth row after failing to make the cut for the third stage of qualifying and finishing 11th.

Seven-time world champion Michael Schumacher also failed to make the third stage.
World championship leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari was sixth fastest.

“It is great to finally see the upgrades working and I have been able to put the car where I want to this weekend,” said 2008 world champion Hamilton, who has won in Hungary twice before. “We are not saying we are relaxed, we know we have a lot of work to do, starting this weekend,” added Hamilton, who has failed to score points in his last two outings and is fifth in the championship.

Hulkenberg tenth

Nico Hulkenberg qualified tenth while Paul Di Resta missed out on Q3 in the qualifying session and will start the race in 12th for Force India.

Hulkenberg’s best lap of the day came in Q2 when he clocked 1:21.653 but in Q3, his timing of 1:22.847 got him P10.

Paul di Resta marginally improved his timing in Q2 (1:21.813) but that was not enough for him to get into Q3.

Force India are one point behind Williams in the constructors’ championship on 46 and needed a good qualifying session to get past them.

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