Hamilton and Kovalainen complete McLaren 1-2 in Hungarian GP qualifying
PUBLISHED: 11:40 03 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:34 26 October 2009
HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel
LEWIS Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen completed an all-McLaren Mercedes front row in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix. World championship leader Hamilton will start today s race from pole position. The 23-year-old Formula 1 driver from Herts clocked
LEWIS Hamilton and Heikki Kovalainen completed an all-McLaren Mercedes front row in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
World championship leader Hamilton will start today's race from pole position.
The 23-year-old Formula 1 driver from Herts clocked the fastest lap in the final period of qualifying at the Hungaroring yesterday.
Finn Kovalainen will line-up alongside his McLaren colleague on the front row ahead of Felipe Massa's Ferrari in third, with Robert Kubica completing the second row in his BMW.
After dominating both Friday afternoon's open practice session and Saturday morning's run around the tight and twisty circuit near Budapest, Hamilton snatched pole with a time of 1 minute 20.899 seconds.
It is his 10th Formula 1 career pole position, the fifth for the team this year and McLaren's third in a row after Silverstone and Hockenheim.
Heikki was second fastest with a 1m21.140 and completed the McLaren Mercedes partnership's 26th qualifying 1-2.
Hamilton, who is chasing his third victory in a row after taking the chequered flag in both the British and German races, was naturally delighted with McLaren's efforts.
"The team has done a fantastic job of continually improving the car over the past few weeks, so I'm really proud of what we've achieved," said Hamilton.
"It's great to have locked out the front row with Heikki.
"We've been threatening to do it for a number of races, so to achieve it at a track where it's tricky to pass is really satisfying."
Hamilton also secured pole at the Hungaroring last year, but only after then McLaren sparring partner Fernando Alonso was penalised five places down the grid for controversially blocking his team-mate in the pit lane.
That brought the intensive rivalry between the pair to a head and ultimately damaged McLaren's chances of winning the world title.
Tewin's Hamilton and Finnish driver Heikki Kovalainen have a much better relationship on and off the track.
"There's a great harmony within the team at the moment and we really deserved this," said Hamilton.
"I couldn't ask to be in a better position. We've both got good strategies and we'll be challenging for the win."
Lewis currently leads the drivers' standings by four points from Massa and won the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole last year.