Hamilton on pole in Hungary

2013-07-27 15:24
Lewis Hamilton (AP)

Budapest - Lewis Hamilton scorched to his third pole position in a row for Mercedes in searing track temperatures at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Saturday.

The 2008 world champion, a three times winner in Hungary with McLaren, lapped the Hungaroring circuit with a best time of one minute 19.388 seconds to deny Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel the top slot.

Triple champion Vettel, who leads Ferrari's Fernando Alonso in the standings by 34 points after nine of 19 races, could manage only 1:19.426 with the track temperature hitting 50 degrees earlier in the session.

Frenchman Romain Grosjean qualified third for Lotus with Hamilton's German team-mate Nico Rosberg fourth. Alonso will start fifth.

Hungarian Formula One Grand Prix qualifying (Q3) times on Saturday:

1. Lewis Hamilton (GBR) Mercedes 1:19.388, 2. Sebastian Vettel (GER) Red Bull 1:19.426, 3. Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus 1:19.595, 4. Nico Rosberg (GER) Mercedes 1:19.720, 5. Fernando Alonso (ESP) Ferrari 1:19.791, 6. Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus 1:19.851, 7. Felipe Massa (BRA) Ferrari 1:19.929, 8. Daniel Ricciardo (AUS) Toro Rosso 1:20.641, 9. Sergio Perez (MEX) McLaren 1:22.398, 10. Mark Webber (AUS) Red Bull - no time

The starting grid for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix following Saturday's qualifying session:

1st row

Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes)
Sebastian Vettel (GER/Red Bull)

2nd row

Romain Grosjean (FRA/Lotus)
Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes)

3rd row

Fernando Alonso (ESP/Ferrari)
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Lotus)

4th row

Felipe Massa (BRA/Ferrari)
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Toro Rosso)

5th row

Sergio Perez (MEX/McLaren)
Mark Webber (AUS/Red Bull)

6th row

Adrian Sutil (GER/Force India)
Nico Hulkenberg (GER/Sauber)

7th row

Jenson Button (GBR/McLaren)
Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA/Toro Rosso)

8th row

Pastor Maldonado (VEN/Williams)
Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Williams)

9th row

Esteban Gutierrez (MEX/Sauber)
Paul di Resta (GBR/Force India)

10th row

Charles Pic (FRA/Caterham)
Giedo van der Garde (NED/Caterham)

11th row

Jules Bianchi (FRA/Marussia)
Max Chilton (GBR/Marussia)

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