Hamilton on pole for Hungarian Grand Prix
PUBLISHED: 17:15 02 August 2008 | UPDATED: 21:32 26 October 2009
HOCH ZWEI / Michael Kunkel
LEWIS Hamilton will start the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole position for the second year in a row. The 23-year-old Formula 1 driver from Herts will form an all-McLaren Mercedes front row at the Hungaroring on Sunday with team-mate Heikki Kovalainen. Afte
LEWIS Hamilton will start the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole position for the second year in a row.
The 23-year-old Formula 1 driver from Herts will form an all-McLaren Mercedes front row at the Hungaroring on Sunday with team-mate Heikki Kovalainen.
After dominating practice at the tight and twisty circuit near Budapest, Hamilton snatched pole with a time of 1 minute 20.899 seconds in the final phase of qualifying.
That edged Finn Kovalainen into second spot with a 1m21.140.
It is the 10th pole position of Hamilton's 28-race career and fourth this season.
Ferrari's Felipe Massa will start tomorrow's race from third on the grid, with BMW Sauber's Polish F1 driver Robert Kubica completing the second row.
Toyota's Timo Glock was a surprise fifth fastest ahead of reigning world champion Kimi Räikkönen in the other Ferrari.
Hamilton, who clocked the best time in Friday's free practice, was also quickest in this morning's session as he chases his third successive grand prix victory and fifth of the year.
The in-form Tewin racer won the British Grand Prix at Silverstone last month and followed that up by taking the chequered flag at Hockenheim in the German GP.
He was also victorious in the season opening race in Melbourne, Australia, and at Monaco.
Hamilton is hoping to become the first Brit to win three consecutive races since former world champion Damon Hill, who ironically also grew up in Hertfordshire.
Securing pole will certainly boost his chances with overtaking notoriously difficult around the Hungaroring.
Lewis, who currently leads the drivers' standings by four points from Massa, won the Hungarian Grand Prix from pole last year.
And a repeat performance tomorrow would stretch his lead at the top of the championship.