1, Lewis Hamilton 2, Sebastian Vettel 3, Romain Grosjean 4, Nico Rosberg 5, Fernando Alonso 6, Kimi Raikkonen 7, Felipe Massa 8, Daniel Ricciardo 9, Sergio Perez 10, Mark Webber 11, Adrian Sutil 12, Nico Hulkenberg 13, Jenson Button 14, Jean-Eric Vergne 15, Pastor Maldonado 16, Valtteri Bottas 17, Esteban Gutierrez 18, Paul Di Resta 19, Charles Pic 20, Giedo Van Der Garde 21, Jules Bianchi 22, Max Chilton
Lewis Hamilton gave Mercedes their seventh pole position of the season in Hungary on Saturday after a gripping shoot-out with Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel, team mate Nico Rosberg and Lotus’s Romain Grosjean – and didn’t even realise that he’d done it until he was completing his slow-down lap.
As the track temperature swung between a sweltering 47 and 49 degrees Celsius, Vettel set the initial Q3 pace with a lap of 1m 19.506s, with Hamilton closest to him on 1m 20.324s, but on their second runs the German only improved slightly, to 1m 19.426s, and that was not quite enough to dislodge Hamilton, who had taken his Mercedes round the Hungaroring in 1m 19.388s.
Behind them, Grosjean’s strong weekend form took him to third place with 1m 19.595s, just ahead of Rosberg on 1m 19.720s. Surprisingly, Fernando Alonso pushed his Ferrari ahead of Kimi Raikkonen’s Lotus, the Spaniard’s 1m 19.791s just shading the Finn’s 1m 19.851s. Felipe Massa completed the quick runners with 1m 19.929s in the second Ferrari for seventh in the line-up.
Daniel Ricciardo again showed his raw qualifying speed with 1m 20.641s for Toro Rosso, while Sergio Perez lapped his McLaren in 1m 22.398s, the only Q3 runner on medium compound tyres.
At the back Red Bull’s Mark Webber was hampered by an inoperative KERS and slow upshifts in his Red Bull, and did just one lap, so that he can start Sunday’s race on whatever tyres he and the team choose from his 10th-place grid slot.
Rosberg and Hamilton had led the way in Q2 as Vettel failed to better his first-run time of 1m 19.442s, and the track temperature spiked at 50 degrees Celsius before settling back to 45 after the first runs.