Hamilton grabs Hungary pole
July 27, 2013 14:27:30 UK
Lewis Hamilton snatched pole position from Sebastian Vettel in a dramatic qualifying session for Sunday's Hungarian Grand Prix.
The reigning world champion seemed to have pole sewn up but Hamilton, who has won on the Hungaroring track three times, produced a stunning drive to claim the 30th pole position of his career.
Starting on pole definitely helps as it's difficult to follow here.Lewis Hamilton
Vettel will start in second, with Romain Grosjean in third and Hamilton's Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg in fourth. Ferrari duo Fernando Alonso and Felipe Massa will go off in fifth and seventh place respectively, with Kimi Raikkonen in sixth.
Hamilton, who is 1.01 to win the race, admitted he was stunned to have claimed pole following Mercedes' struggles in the earlier practice sessions.
"With the [high] temperatures, it was pretty tough," he said.
"I was really surprised when I came across the line and they said I got pole. I didn't feel like that was a great lap.
"I thought Sebastian had got it. I'm really surprised, I thought maybe he made a mistake or something. We brought some upgrades this weekend, the guys are working hard and it's a result of all hard work they've put in."
He added: "Starting on pole definitely helps as it's difficult to follow here. It's a long way down to Turn One, but if you can get there first and try and hold position, it's definitely advantageous. These guys [Vettel and Grosjean] are going to be ridiculously fast so trying to keep in front or holding onto them is going to be the challenge."
Vettel is 41.00 to win in Hungary for the first time, while Raikkonen can be backed at 26.00.
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