Vettel takes pole, Ferrari 1-2 in Hungary

Vettel takes pole, Ferrari 1-2 in Hungary

Vettel takes pole, Ferrari 1-2 in Hungary

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel grabbed pole position for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix as Ferrari locked out the front row of the grid in a tense, dramatic and record-breaking qualifying session on Saturday.

McLaren were given a glimmer of hope, as their drivers Spanish Fernando Alonso and Belgium Stoffel Vandoorne came seventh and eighth respectively, behind Red Bull, Ferrari and Mercedes' drivers. "If you have good getaway, the straight line is 600m or 700m and there is an overtaking opportunity. We did a good step forward, I like this track a lot and to have the vehicle in the right window, the sun and people around, that's what it's all about", Vettel said. "We have stepped in the right direction".

"For sure the start will be important", said Bottas, who has won two races and is in third place overall.

The Australian driver was 0.183 seconds quicker than Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari and 0.201 clear of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas in the afternoon session.

In the lead-up to qualifying, Hamilton ended the final practice session close to 1.5 seconds off the pace.

The Ferrari's have been quick around the track during the practice sessions in Hungry with Mercedes appearing to struggle for grip. "All in all it is a great circuit and Budapest is a cool city where I have had some fun".

Dutch teenager Max Verstappen was fourth on the timesheets for Red Bull.

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Hülkenberg set the seventh-quickest time, albeit 1.2 seconds off the pace, but Fernando Alonso put his Honda-powered McLaren just 0.1 seconds behind the yellow vehicle.

If the Mercedes driver claims pole on Saturday he will equal the great Michael Schumacher's record of 68 pole positions.

"It wasn't the easiest start to the weekend", he said.

"It's super tight between Ferrari, Red Bull and ourselves at the top of the leaderboard so it's looking like it will be an exciting weekend", said Hamilton.

AFTER a hard start to the season Mercedes, with drivers Lewis Hamilton and Valtteri Bottas, have grown in confidence as their supremely disciplined work machine starts to deliver results. It also affected Bottas on Friday. I was not quite happy with the balance of the auto and I was especially struggling with the rear end. It felt like we got most out of the auto today, more or less, but they were just quicker today.

"I don't think there was any moment when we had a shot at pole", he added. Pascal Wehrlein also collided with the barriers, whilst Kimi Räikkönen pulled off track complaining of lost power. He had dialled-in the vehicle and was fully up to speed by the final run on Saturday morning where he was quickest in final practice.

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