Hamilton on pole in Hungary

Lewis Hamilton claimed his third pole position in a row and his fourth of the season to edge out Sebastian Vettel by less than four hundredths of a second in a tense qualifying session ahead of the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Red Bull Racing driver Vettel looked set for his own fourth pole of the season after setting an early Q3 benchmark of 1:19.506, eight tenths ahead of Hamilton’s first timed lap of the segment. The championship leader looked to be even more secure when, with his final run, he managed to shave another tenth off his best time.

Grosjean tops FP3 in Hungary

Romain Grosjean took top spot in the final practice session ahead of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, his time of 1:20.730 beating out Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso by just under two tenths of a second. 

The morning’s third quickest time went to McLaren’s Sergio Perez, who then crashed soon after Grosjean had completed his timesheet-topping lap. The Mexican driver’s Turn 11 slide into the barriers precluded any further improvement in times.

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Clean sweep for Red Bull at the Hungaroring

Having been fastest in FP1, Red Bull Racing continued that form into the afternoon with Sebastian Vettel again going quickest, though this time by a much smaller margin over team-mate Mark Webber.

Romain Grosjean was third fastest for Lotus, ahead of the Ferrari’s of Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa. Behind them the Mercedes pair of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg were sixth and seventh, Kimi Räikkönen was eighth quickest in the second Lotus. Jenson Button was ninth for McLaren and Adrian Sutil rounded out the top-ten for Force India.

Red Bull 1-2 in first Hungarian Grand Prix practice.

A hot morning in Hungary saw Sebastian Vettel finish FP1 at the top of the timesheets. The Red Bull Racing driver completed a lap of 1:22.723 in the last half-hour of the session. It left him two-tenths clear of team-mate Mark Webber, who moments earlier had posted a time of 1:22.982.

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