Vettel takes pole, Ferrari 1-2 in Hungary

Nick Sanchez
July 30, 2017

Formula One championship leader Sebastian Vettel drove his Ferrari racing auto the fastest on Saturday to take pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix just ahead of his teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

Mr. Vettel leads the Drivers' Championship with 177 points, Mr. Hamilton is 2nd with 176 points and fellow MercedesAMG driver Valtteri Bottas is 3rd with 154 points.

He corrected that sharpish, clocking the quickest lap of the weekend so far to cruise through to Q3 on top of the pile - but pushed firmly by Vettel, around a tenth of a second behind.

The Hungaroring track reduces power output because of its tight and twisting nature, which means that the Red Bulls should be confident of matching Ferrari and Mercedes for race speed, and even challenging for a win.

Chequered flag came out just before Raikkonen blasted past the finish line to take second, securing a Ferrari front row lockout.

His comfort level at the circuit where he has been on the podium in the last three years, winning the 2014 race is high and Ricciardo was also happy with what the new upgrades to his Red Bull had brought.

Being first on the grid is Hamilton's "party trick", says Rebecca Clancy of The Times, and he will be aware of the milestone.

"I think we're still showing that we are the best team", Hamilton said, as quoted by Sky Sports.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen and the other Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton were over a second adrift of the German in fourth and fifth, with the latter looking especially scrappy on the red-marked rubber.

Last year's victor in Hungary was Hamilton.

Hamilton complained about vibrations from three separate sets of tyres during the session, but he said the overall performance of his Mercedes was not good enough regardless of the issue.

"The auto was a bit of a handful and then we managed to hustle it better in Q3 but still not enough to make me satisfied".

"It still remains quite close but we have generally had the upper hand in qualifying", he said.

"If I was to move, I'd have to take what we have here and implement it somewhere else, but do I really want to do that?" It is just great work by the team, we have not brought many updates to the auto, we have just been able to exploit it a little more.

"The Mercedes driver has won exactly half of his ten races in Hungary".

"We made a good step forward".

"I think this track has been my most successful track, and I hope that this is still the case this weekend".

"You have a lot of races, some will be better and some will be worse". I was there a year ago in Formula 3 and had a podium position, so have some good memories.

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