Hamilton takes Hungary pole
In-form British driver continues to set the pace at the Hungaroring
Last updated: 2nd August 2008
Lewis Hamilton will bid for a third straight Grand Prix win from pole position on Sunday after he was fastest in qualifying in Hungary.
The British driver maintained his dominance over his rivals at the Hungaroring having already produced a scorching run in soaring temperatures in the final practice session.
Holding a four-point lead in the drivers' championship, he managed a quickest lap of one minute 20.899 seconds to squeeze out McLaren team-mate Heikki Kovalainen for first spot.
It is the 23-year-old's fourth pole position of the current season and 10th of his career.
The omens are certainly good for the McLaren man as the last 10 races at the circuit have seen the man starting on pole win six times, including Hamilton himself last year.
Behind the two McLaren drivers on the grid comes Hamilton's nearest rival Felipe Massa, who sits just four points behind in the standings.
The Ferrari driver is joined on the second row by Robert Kubica, who finally found some qualifying form in his BMW-Sauber to finish up in fourth spot.
Just two weeks after being involved in a horror smash at the German Grand Prix, Timo Glock recorded an excellent result for Toyota by coming home in fifth.
Kimi Raikkonen starts a slightly disappointing sixth in his Ferrari with another former world champion, Fernando Alonso, just behind him.
Nelson Piquet rounds out the top 10 in the second Renault after just pipping Toro Rosso's Sebastian Vettel, who missed out on taking part in Q3 by a mere 0.013 seconds.
Hungary holds good memories for Jenson Button and he seemed to come alive at a venue where he won two years ago, giving his best qualifying performance in five races to take 12th. Fellow Brit David Coulthard is 13th for Red Bull.
Nick Heidfeld initially qualified in 16th but was promoted a place after Sebastien Bourdais was later penalised by race stewards for impeding the BMW-Sauber driver in Q1.
The five-place grid penalty means Toro Rosso's Bourdais will now start from
19th, equalling a season low for the Frenchman.
Once again the Force India duo of Giancarlo Fisichella and Adrian Sutil are bringing up the rear at the very back of the grid.
01 L. Hamilton McLaren 1:20.899
02 H. Kovalainen McLaren 1:21.140
03 F. Massa Ferrari 1:21.191
04 R. Kubica BMW 1:21.281
05 T. Glock Toyota 1:21.326
06 K. Räikkönen Ferrari 1:21.516
07 F. Alonso Renault 1:21.698
08 M. Webber Red Bull 1:21.732
09 J. Trulli Toyota 1:21.767
10 N. Piquet jr. Renault 1:22.371
11 S. Vettel Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:20.144
12 J. Button Honda 1:20.332
13 D. Coulthard Red Bull 1:20.332
14 S. Bourdais Scuderia Toro Rosso 1:20.963
15 N. Rosberg Williams no time
16 N. Heidfeld BMW 1:21.045
17 K. Nakajima Williams 1:21.085
18 R. Barrichello Honda 1:21.332
19 G. Fisichella Force India F1 1:21.670
20 A. Sutil Force India F1 1:22.113