Hamilton navigates Hungarian downpour to take pole position

Hamilton navigates Hungarian downpour to take pole position

Hamilton navigates Hungarian downpour to take pole position

The world championship leader was not the only driver to lose control on the twisty and challenging Hungaroring's dusty track surface. "The heavens opened and it was fair game".

Hamilton thrived in the wet.

The Ferrari driver, who crashed out of last weekend's German Grand Prix while leading, clocked a best lap of one minute and 16.170 seconds to wind up narrowly ahead of Valtteri Bottas of Mercedes by 0.059 seconds and his Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen.

"We managed well until the end".

But Red Bull's Ricciardo was the biggest victim to fall foul to the changeable conditions on Saturday. So not only to be far down in the pack but also you needed to get that first lap in and Stroll spun right in front of me so I had to abort that lap. This has been the scene of many incidents in the past - most notably between the Red Bull drivers a year ago - as it is possible to hang on around the outside of Turn 2 to be on the inside of the faster Turn 3 that follows.

"We were just unlucky".

Qualifying follows later on Saturday with the Hungarian Grand Prix, the last before a four-week mid-season break, taking place on Sunday.

Vettel was fastest at the halfway mark of the session after ending his first flying laps nearly half a second clear of what Mercedes could manage on the initial runs.

Red Bull's Daniel Ricciardo was caught out when heavy rain fell at the start of Q2 and failed to reach the shootout while Max Verstappen was just seventh behind Renault's Carlos Sainz and Pierre Gasly of Toro Rosso.

Hamilton will now be favorite, providing he makes a clean getaway without incident, at a circuit where overtaking has always been hard.

New Zealander Brendon Hartley, whose future at Toro Rosso remains uncertain, qualified eighth with the Haas pairing of Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean ninth and 10th.

Both Force India cars took part in the session following Friday evening's decision at the High Court in London to put the team into administration.

"Are we good?" Hamilton asked his team over the radio.

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