Hamilton on pole in Hungary

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Guess who is on pole position for the 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix? Yep, 4-time Hungarian GP race-winner and current points leader Lewis Hamilton took pole position by over a half second for Sunday’s grand prix.

Hamilton has looked dominant all weekend and while he takes pole position, his teammate Nico Rosberg has struggled with his car trying to find balance. The short circuit plays into the hands of Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo who split the Ferrari’s of Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen. his long-run pace seems competitive but keeping Raikkonen behind him will be a challenge. Still, a good points finish could be on the offing.

Max Verstappen continues to impress with a top-ten qualifying run while both Williams exposed their short, twisty circuit deficit.
1 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m22.020s
2 Nico Rosberg Mercedes 0.575s
3 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 0.719s
4 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 0.754s
5 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1.000s
6 Valtteri Bottas Williams/Mercedes 1.202s
7 Daniil Kvyat Red Bull/Renault 1.312s
8 Felipe Massa Williams/Mercedes 1.517s
9 Max Verstappen Toro Rosso/Renault 1.659s
10 Romain Grosjean Lotus/Mercedes 2.161s
11 Nico Hulkenberg Force India/Mercedes 1.806s
12 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1.849s
13 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 2.441s
14 Pastor Maldonado Lotus/Mercedes 2.589s
15 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda –
16 Jenson Button McLaren/Honda 2.719s
17 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 2.823s
18 Felipe Nasr Sauber/Ferrari 2.977s
19 Roberto Merhi Marussia/Ferrari 5.396s
20 Will Stevens Marussia/Ferrari 5.929s

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Junipero Mariano

The sweat was just pouring off the driver’s during the post qualifying interview. I bet Mercedes has gotten on top of the tire temp issue from Malaysia. If not, this could benon-Merc win. Either way, I bet there’ll be a good mix up from 3rd to 5th. Except for that hack Ricciardo. He was just gifted 4th place from Raikkonen and Kvyat. ;) ;) ;)

jakobusvdl

The other teams are not closing up on Mercedes, over 0.7sec between the quickest Mercedes and the quickest anything else is at least as big a gap as we saw last year. And quite a large time spread in the remainder of the top 10. A cooler day is predicted for the race, so the track conditions will be a bit different and qualifying times and practice runs won’t be a clear predictor of race pace. I’m so disappointed that mclaren-honda were still way off the pace, and wierd that Sauber were way off too. Unless someone gets another miracle… Read more »

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