Hungarian GP: Lewis Hamilton takes pole as Mercedes lock front grid


first_imgLewis Hamilton produced a fantastic last lap to take pole position at the Hungarian Grand Prix ahead of his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas and Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen.Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettek finished fourth, behind third-placed Raikkonen.Hamilton’s brilliant show in the last lap sent Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff into utter disbelief as he watched on from the from the team motor home. The Briton raced past Bottas’ time to secure a record-extending 77th pole position.Just moments earlier, Mercedes’s Formula One rivals Ferrari were 1-2 at the top of the leaderboard with Kimi Raikkonen ahead of Sebastian Vettel.Lewis Hamilton seals his fifth pole of 2018 and his sixth overall at the Hungaroring #HungarianGP #F1 1 (@F1) July 28, 2018Earlier on Saturday, the third and final practice was held in warm and sunny conditions, but by the time qualifying started there was rain, thunder and even some lightning.Ultimately, Mercedes made the most of it on a wet track.Hamilton was thrilled to lock front grid and said that the wet conditions helped Mercedes in the qualifiers.”It’s great for the team to have a one-two. We couldn’t have expected this,” said the 33-year-old, who leads Vettel by 17 points after 11 races in the battle of four times world champions.”Ferrari have been quickest all weekend and we were doing our best to catch up, but then the heavens opened and it was fair game.”It’s so tricky out there, at the beginning it was dry and then it got wetter so it was hard to say how much grip we had.”advertisementVettel had been fastest in Friday and Saturday practice, with track record times, and Red Bull also expected to be in the mix but Australian Daniel Ricciardo failed to make the cut in a tricky second phase and starts 12th.(With inputs from AP)last_img

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