F1 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying result: Hamilton claims pole position in Hungary
PUBLISHED: 14:06 27 July 2013 | UPDATED: 14:56 28 July 2013
FORMULA 1 driver Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position after qualifying for the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix at the Hungaroring circuit on the outskirts of Budapest today (Saturday).
The 28-year-old Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 star from Hertfordshire qualified fastest in Hungary this lunchtime with a remarkable final lap which even took him by surprise. He said over the radio: “Is that pole? Woohoo!”
Hamilton was top of the early Q3 timesheets with a 1m 20.324s, until Sebastian Vettel slammed in a super-quick 1m 19.506s for provisional pole position on a new set of soft tyres.
Nico Rosberg was third for Mercedes after the first runs of Q3.
Hamilton, however, snatched pole with a stunning time of 1m 19.388s with his final hot lap and was taken aback when told over the team radio he had bagged P1. It’s his third straight pole after also starting from the front in the British and German GPs.
2013 Hungarian Grand Prix qualifying result
1 Lewis Hamilton (Mercedes)
2 Sebastian Vettel (Red Bull)
3 Romain Grosjean (Lotus)
4 Nico Rosberg (Mercedes)
5 Fernando Alonso (Ferrari)
6 Kimi Raikkonen (Lotus)
7 Felipe Massa (Ferrari)
8 Daniel Ricciardo (Toro Rosso)
9 Sergio Perez (McLaren)
10 Mark Webber (Red Bull)
Vettel also claimed a front-row spot for Red Bull and Romain Grosjean qualified third for Lotus. Rosberg will start from the second row of the grid in fourth place in the second Mercedes after a time of 1m 19.720s in Q3.
Fernando Alonso was fifth for Ferrari ahead of Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus. Felipe Massa, Daniel Ricciardo, Sergio Perez and Mark Webber completed the top 10 in the provisional qualifying results.
Rosberg had set the qualifying pace in Q2 with an exceptional lap of 1m 19.778s, with Mercedes team-mate Hamilton 0.084s behind in P2 with a time of 1m 19.862s on softs.
Vettel was third for Red Bull with a lap of 1m 19.992s, ahead of Grosjean, Alonso and Raikkonen.
In a frantic final minute, Sergio Perez, driving a rebuilt McLaren after a crash in third practice, Red Bull’s Mark Webber and Ferrari driver Felipe Massa all just made it through to Q3.
However, McLaren’s Jenson Button was a Q2 casualty and didn’t make the top 10 shootout, being eliminated in P13.
With track temperatures hitting an incredibly hot 50C, Mercedes waited until the final five minutes of Q1 before sending out Hamilton and Rosberg.
Lotus driver Romain Grosjean had earlier gone fastest with a 1m 20.477s, ahead of Vettel and Alonso.
F1 Hungarian Grand Prix
* Race distance: 70 laps (306.630km/190.531 miles)
* Start time: 14:00 (local)/12:00 (GMT)
* Circuit length: 4.381km/2.722 miles
* 2012 winner: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren MP4-27) 69 laps in 1hr41m05.503s (179.391km/h)
* 2012 pole: Lewis Hamilton (McLaren MP4-27) 1m20.953s (194.824km/h)
* Lap record: Michael Schumacher (Ferrari F2004) 1m19.071s (199.461km/h)
However, Hamilton’s first flying lap was quicker than Grosjean, as Mercedes finally showed their hand.
The 2008 F1 world champion from Hertfordshire clocked a 1m 20.363s on softs. Silver Arrows colleague Rosberg went factionally faster with a lap of 1m 20.350s.
Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix last year for McLaren after claiming pole position. He’ll be looking to do the same for Mercedes tomorrow.
The 2013 Grand Prix of Hungary will start at 1pm BST on Sunday.