F1 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying result: Hamilton claims pole in Budapest

PUBLISHED: 14:11 28 July 2012 | UPDATED: 20:42 28 July 2012

Lewis Hamilton during practice for the 2012 Grand Prix of Hungary [Picture: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes]

Lewis Hamilton during practice for the 2012 Grand Prix of Hungary [Picture: Vodafone McLaren Mercedes]

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FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton will start the 2012 Grand Prix of Hungary from the front row after bagging pole position in today's qualifying session at the Hungaroring near Budapest.

Hungarian Grand Prix facts

* Race distance: 70 laps (190.531 miles/306.630km)

* Start time: 14:00 (local)/13:00 BST

* Circuit length: 2.722 miles/4.381km

* 2011 winner: Jenson Button (Vodafone McLaren Mercedes) 70 laps in 1hr46m42.337s

* 2011 pole: Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull Racing) 1m19.815s (197.601km/h)

* Lap record: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari F2004) 1m19.071s (199.461km/h)

The 27-year-old Vodafone McLaren Mercedes star from Hertfordshire qualified fastest in the top 10 shootout – the team’s first pole since Malaysia.

Hamilton bagged provisional pole position with his opening flying lap of Q3 with a time of 1m 21.260s.

He went even quicker with his closing hot lap of 1m 20.953s.

That was enough to secure the McLaren driver his 22nd pole position of his F1 career – and the team’s 150th.

Lewis Hamilton’s Hungary record

* 2011: Q2, R4

* 2010: Q5, R8

* 2009: Q4, R1

* 2008: Q1 R5

* 2007: Q1 R1

The pitwall told Lewis: “Fantastic job, you are P1. Magnificent all session.”

Hamilton will start on the front row alongside Lotus driver Roman Grosjean, who recorded a time of 1m 21.366 – 0.413s slower than the Brit.

World F1 champion Sebastian Vettel will start on the second row.

The German Red Bull star clocked a best lap of 1m 21.416s for third place.

2012 Hungarian Grand Prix Qualifying Result

Top 10 Q3 times

1 Lewis Hamilton 1:20.953

2 Romain Grosjean 1:21.366

3 Sebastian Vettel 1:21.416

4 Jenson Button 1:21.583

5 Kimi Raikkonen 1:21.730

6 Fernando Alonso 1:21.844

7 Felipe Massa 1:21.900

8 Pastor Maldonado 1:21.939

9 Bruno Senna 1:22.343

10 Nick Hulkenberg 1:22.847

McLaren’s Jenson Button will line-up fourth on the grid after recording a time of 1m 21.583s.

In the qualifying results, Kimi Raikkonen took fifth spot ahead of the Ferrari cars of Fernando Alonso and Felipa Massa.

The top 10 was completed by Pastor Maldonado, Bruno Senna and Nico Hulkenberg.

Twice winner at the Hungaroring, the 2008 F1 world champion will be looking to make it a hat-trick of Hungarian victories tomorrow (Sunday) when the starting grid lines up for the race.

Having gone quickest in both of Friday’s free practice sessions, Hamilton was also fastest in Q1 today, with Button third on the timesheets.

Hamilton was then fastest in the first two sectors on his first flying lap of the second phase of qualifying.

The McLaren pitwall told the Herts-born driver: “OK Lewis, great lap. Fastest in every sector, P1 by six-tenths.”

Hamilton replied: “I got held up!”

The pitwall responded: “I think your time is good enough – but we’ll get it ready just in case.”

Hamilton safely got through to Q3 in first place, with Mark Webber one of the casualties, the Red Bull driver qualifying only 11th.

Mercedes GP drivers Nico Rosberg and Michael Schumacher also went out in Q2.

The 2012 Hungarian Grand Prix starts at 1pm on Sunday.

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