Hamilton romps to pole in Hungary

By on Saturday, July 25, 2015
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World Champion Lewis Hamilton secured his ninth pole position of the season as he cruised to pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

Hamilton posted a lap good enough for provisional pole during the first runs in Q3 and Mercedes team-mate Nico Rosberg was unable to eclipse Hamilton on his second run.

Hamilton, running behind Rosberg on-track, went even faster and clocked a 1:22.020 to end the session half a second quicker than his title rival.

Sebastian Vettel beat former team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to third place by mere hundredths of a second to set up a battle for the podium places on Sunday.

Kimi Räikkönen recovered from a water leak in final practice to go fifth, ahead of compatriot Valtteri Bottas.

Daniil Kvyat was unable to match Ricciardo and will start from seventh, with Felipe Massa mustering only eighth for Williams.

Max Verstappen progressed through to Q3 and went ninth, with Romain Grosjean completing the top 10.

Neither Force India driver made it through to Q3 as Nico Hülkenberg placed 11th, with Sergio Pérez in 13th.

They were split by Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz Jr., with Pastor Maldonado in 14th position.

Fernando Alonso made it through to Q2 but his car crawled to a halt on the approach to the final corner, bringing out the red flags.

Alonso valiantly pushed his car back to the pits – with the aid of marshals – but went no further and will line-up from 15th place.

Jenson Button was only 16th as he didn’t receive ERS deployment on the straight on his hot lap.

Sauber’s struggles continued as neither driver progressed from Q1, with Marcus Ericsson in 17th and Felipe Nasr 18th.

Manor Marussia once again occupied the final two slots as Roberto Merhi beat Will Stevens by half a second.

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