Ferrari lockout front row as Vettel qualifies on pole for Hungarian GP

Sebastian Vettel will start alongside team mate Kimi Raikkonen in a Ferrari front row lockout for the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Vettel managed to break the lap record set by Rubens Barichello in 2004 by nearly two seconds with a 1m16.276s, a time which he set in the dying moments of the session having previously set the time for provisional pole.

Championship rival Lewis Hamilton will start from fourth on the grid having aborted his first run in the third part of qualifying after oversteering into Turn 4, then on his second run he could only manage third quickest – which turned into fourth on the grid when Raikkonen came through in second.

Valtteri Bottas starts from third on the grid having set a time just two tenths off the Ferrari’s, while Max Verstappen rounds out the top five qualifying ahead of Daniel Ricciardo who is sixth on the grid. Ricciardo bounced back from hydraulic issues that disrupted his morning practice session, although it still looks like the two Red Bull’s are off the pace they showed yesterday.

Nico Hulkenberg managed seventh quickest but will take a five-place grid penalty which promotes team mate Jolyon Palmer into the top ten, while the two McLaren’s managed to make an appearance in Q3 and will see Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne start from sixth and seventh respectively.

Carlos Sainz was the only driver out of the Toro Rosso, Force India, and Haas consortium to make it into Q3 and will start from eighth on the grid. Esteban Ocon will round out the top ten.

Daniil Kvyat could only manage 13th on the grid ahead of Sergio Perez who also had a disappointing qualifying session, along with Romain Grosjean who also didn’t improve on his initial time in Q2.

Paul Di Resta made his return to Formula 1 in replace of Felipe Massa in this session, qualifying in 19th and just seven tenths of a second off team mate Lance Stroll who starts from 17th on the grid. An impressive effort from Di Resta considering that he only had 18 minutes in the car and has last participated in a Grand Prix weekend full in 2013 – although he did win in DTM around Hungary a few weeks back.

Sauber driver Pascal Wehrlein will start ahead of Di Resta in 18th and out-qualified team mate Marcus Ericsson for the seventh time in a row, who starts from 20th and last on the grid.

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