After proving fastest during the practice sessions, McLaren’s Lewis Hamilton has been able to follow it up by dominating qualifying today and earning the pole position for tomorrow’s 2012 Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix
The McLaren team had another reason to celebrate today, as this was the team’s 150th pole position, but the day really went to Hamilton who set the pace with a scorching 1:20.953.
The next fastest time, a 1:21.366, was set by Lotus’ Romain Grosjean, and rounding out the top three was reigning world champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull Racing with a fastest time of 1:21.416. Jenson Button, McLaren’s other driver, will start at fourth, while Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus will start at fifth.Last week’s winner
, Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso will start at six on the grid tomorrow, with his teammate, Felipe Massa, just one position behind him. Meanwhile, Red Bull Racing’s other driver, Mark Webber, will be disappointed that he didn’t make the cut into the top ten. He starts at 11th.
Tomorrow’s weather is still looking changeable, though the Hungarian Grand Prix is typically a dry occasion. The previously predicted thunderstorms
have been pushed back to Monday, though tomorrow is still expected to be cloudy with a possible chance of rain.
Going into the race, Fernando Alonso leads the pack with 154 points, followed by Red Bull Racing’s Mark Webber on 120 points and his teammate Sebastian Vettel in third place with 110 points.
In the Constructors' battle, Red Bull Racing still leads with Ferrari 61 points in arrears and McLaren close behind in third.