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:
Lewis Hamilton (GBR/Mercedes)
Sebastian Vettel (GER/Red Bull)
Romain Grosjean (FRA/Lotus)
Nico Rosberg (GER/Mercedes)
Fernando Alonso (ESP/Ferrari)
Kimi Raikkonen (FIN/Lotus)
Felipe Massa (BRA/Ferrari)
Daniel Ricciardo (AUS/Toro Rosso)
Sergio Perez (MEX/McLaren)
Mark Webber (AUS/Red Bull)
Adrian Sutil (GER/Force India)
Nico Hulkenberg (GER/Sauber)
Jenson Button (GBR/McLaren)
Jean-Eric Vergne (FRA/Toro Rosso)
Pastor Maldonado (VEN/Williams)
Valtteri Bottas (FIN/Williams)
Esteban Gutierrez (MEX/Sauber)
Paul di Resta (GBR/Force India)
Charles Pic (FRA/Caterham)
Giedo van der Garde (NED/Caterham)
Jules Bianchi (FRA/Marussia)
Max Chilton (GBR/Marussia)