• Hungarian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Dominant Hamilton takes pole from Grosjean

ESPN Staff
July 28, 2012

Lewis Hamilton took pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix with a dominant display at the Hungaroring.

Hamilton was quickest in both of the first two qualifying sessions and even though his first run was good enough for pole position, he lowered the mark with his final lap to a 1:20.953 to secure pole by over 0.4s. Romain Grosjean made the most of the hot conditions - with the track temperature at 45C - to take second place for Lotus and his first front-row start in Formula One. It's also the first time Lotus has started from the top two positions this season and opens up the opportunity for its first win of 2012.

Sebastian Vettel was third to show that he is still competitive despite Red Bull having to change its engine maps; his team-mate Mark Webber was less successful as he starts down in 11th place. Jenson Button couldn't match Hamilton's pace but still starts a competitive fourth ahead of Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso.

Felipe Massa starts seventh ahead of the two Williams' - both in the top ten for the first time this season - and Nico Hulkenberg.

The second session was a tight affair with less than 0.5s covering the cars between second place and 14th. The impressive pace of the Williams saw Senna knock Mark Webber out with his final lap, with Webber eventually finishing the session just 0.132s behind fifth-placed Raikkonen. Both Mercedes also struggled heavily to only qualify 13th with Nico Rosberg and a disappointing 17th for Michael Schumacher.

Q1 came to life when Jean-Eric Vergne put on a set of softs late on and jumped up to fourth quickest. The track evolution worried everyone except Hamilton and the Lotus pair, but Vergne's team-mate Daniel Ricciardo could only go 13th on his lap. With the rest of the field on softs, Ricciardo tumbled down quickly and dropped out in the first session for the first time this season. Behind him was Heikki Kovalainen by just 0.3s.

The rest of those dropping out in Q1 were predictable, with Vitaly Petrov ahead of the two Marussias and HRTs; Charles Pic notably outqualifying his team-mate Timo Glock once again.