Sebastian Vettel takes Hungarian GP pole, Lewis Hamilton fourth

Sebastian Vettel led a Ferrari one-two in qualifying for Formula 1's Hungarian Grand Prix, as title rival Lewis Hamilton struggled to fourth on the grid

Sebastian Vettel takes Hungarian GP pole, Lewis Hamilton fourth

Vettel was fastest in final practice earlier on Saturday, led the way in Q1 as well, and was the first F1 driver to lap under under 1m17s around the Hungaroring in Q2, before Hamilton made a second run.

Vettel then set a 1m16.276s best on his first run in Q3 to take pole, which proved enough to get the job done despite Vettel lapping slightly slower on his second attempt.

Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen snatched a brake at Turn 1 on his first run in Q3 so was down in fifth, but he improved dramatically on his second run to leap to second, within two tenths of Vettel's mark.

Hamilton went off at the fast Turn 4 on his first run in Q2 and did so again in Q3. He struggled for grip throughout qualifying, complained of vibrations through the tyres, and ultimately wound up only fourth fastest, more than four tenths of a second off the pace.

Mercedes struggled in the first sector of the lap compared to Ferrari and Hamilton's team-mate Valtteri Bottas was only third quickest, 0.163s clear of Hamilton.

Max Verstappen was second fastest in Q1 and third in Q2, but Red Bull faded from the pole position fight in Q3.

Verstappen was fifth fastest, a tenth behind Hamilton, while team-mate Daniel Ricciardo was sixth, only 0.021s adrift despite missing most of final practice with a hydraulic problem.

Nico Hulkenberg lapped quicker than Ricciardo in Q2 and ended up best of the rest in the best of the works Renaults in seventh, just under a tenth clear of Fernando Alonso's McLaren-Honda.

Stoffel Vandoorne made Q3 for the second race in a row and qualified ninth, three tenths behind Alonso.

Carlos Sainz Jr's Toro Rosso rounded out the top 10, after making only a nominal run in Q3.

The second Renault of Jolyon Palmer was 11th fastest, missing the Q3 cut by a tenth of a second thanks to a monster final flying lap in Q2 from Sainz.

Esteban Ocon was best of the Force Indias in 12th, ahead of Daniil Kvyat's Toro Rosso, Ocon's Force India team-mate Sergio Perez and Romain Grosjean's Haas.

Grosjean's Haas team-mate Kevin Magnussen matched Perez to the thousandth of a second in Q1, but missed the Q2 cut by account of setting his best time later than the Force India driver.

Lance Stroll's Williams was only 0.007s further back in 17th, while emergency stand-in team-mate Paul di Resta outstandingly split the Saubers of Pascal Wehrlein and Marcus Ericsson to qualify 19th for his first grand prix since 2013.

Di Resta achieved this despite not having driven a 2017 F1 car before, and only turning his first laps of the weekend in qualifying after Felipe Massa fell ill in final practice.

Di Resta gradually worked down to a time 0.766s slower than Stroll, only 0.029s slower than Wehrlein, and over a tenth clear of Ericsson. Williams rightly called this a "fantastic job" in difficult circumstances.

The Sauber drivers ended up more than seven tenths adrift of Stroll's Williams, despite planning to run their year-old Ferrari engines at full power for the first time this season, after having cooling updates fitted to the cars.

PROVISIONAL STARTING GRID:

Pos Driver Car Time Gap
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m16.276s -
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.444s 0.168s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m16.530s 0.254s
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m16.707s 0.431s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m16.797s 0.521s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m16.818s 0.542s
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m17.549s 1.273s
8 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m17.894s 1.618s
9 Carlos Sainz Jr. Toro Rosso/Renault 1m18.912s 2.636s
10 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m18.415s 2.139s
11 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m18.495s -
12 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m17.468s -
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m18.639s -
14 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m18.771s -
15 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m19.095s -
16 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m18.538s -
17 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m19.102s -
18 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m19.839s -
19 Paul Di Resta Williams/Mercedes 1m19.868s -
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m19.972s -

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