Vettel on pole, Ferrari secures front row in Hungary

Sebastian Vettel secured the best starting position for the Hungarian GP in front of his teammate Kimi Raikkonen in a convincing performance for Ferrari at Hungaroring.

Vettel improved the track record he set in the third practice and set the time 1:16,276, nearly four seconds faster than last year’s pole position and 0.168 seconds faster than Kimi Raikkonen while Bottas was faster than Hamilton in third and fourth place.

This is the second pole position for Vettel this season after Russian GP, 48th in his career and third for Ferrari this season.

Mercedes didn’t have their day at Hungaroring where they could not keep up the pace of the Ferraris while Bottas was in Third, 0.254 seconds behind.

Hamilton failed to equalize Schumacher’s 68-pole record and finished fourth, 0.417 seconds behind Vettel, and Verstappen was faster than Ricciardo in fifth place for Red Bull. Hamilton was the fastest in Q2, but in Q3 he had no speed for the pole position.

Ricciardo lost to Verstappen for only 0.021 seconds, and Nico Hulkenberg was the best of the rest for Renault after he trailed Ricciardo for 0.7 seconds and who will start 12th due to gearbox change.

McLaren Honda had both drivers in Q3 for the second time in 2017 with eighth and ninth place for Alonso and Vandoornea with 1.273 seconds behind for Spaniard, and due to Hulkenberg’s penalty they will start 7th and 8th.

Carlos Sainz was the slowest in Q3 in 10th place for Toro Rosso and Palmer in Renault failed to enter Q3 for 0.104 seconds.

Di Resta Williams F1 Hungarian GP 2017 Photo XPB
Di Resta replaced Massa who felt unwell (Photo: Williams/XPB)

In the last part of the qualifying, none of the Force India drivers managed to break into the Q3 while Ocon was faster by 0.144 seconds. Kvyat settled between them in the second Toro Rosso, three tenths behind Sainz.

Grosjean in Haas was 15th in a bad weekend for the team, but at least went to Q2 unlike Magnussen who finished 16th fastest in Q1.

In Q1, two Williams and two Sauber drivers didn’t make it through while Paul di Resta replaced Massa who did not feel well and finished in 19th place, 2.624 seconds behind the fastest in Q1 and eight tenths behind Stroll.

The race starts at 14:00 local time (CET).

QUALIFYING RESULTS

Pos Nr Driver Team Time Gap
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:16.276
2 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:16.444 0.168
3 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:16.530 0.254
4 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.693 0.417
5 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull TAG Heuer 1:16.797 0.521
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull TAG Heuer 1:16.818 0.542
7 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:17.468 1.192
8 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1:17.549 1.273
9 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 1:17.894 1.618
10 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso Renault 1:18.311 2.035
11 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:18.415 2.139
12 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:18.495 2.219
13 26 Danil Kvyat Toro Rosso Renault 1:18.538 2.262
14 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:18.639 2.363
15 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:18.771 2.495
16 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:19.095 2.819
17 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:19.102 2.826
18 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 1:19.839 3.563
19 40 Paul Di Resta Williams Mercedes 1:19.868 3.592
20 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:19.972 3.696

STARTNIG GRID

Pos Nr Driver Team Time Gap
1 5 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1:16.276
2 7 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1:16.444 0.168
3 77 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1:16.530 0.254
4 44 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1:16.693 0.417
5 33 Max Verstappen Red Bull TAG Heuer 1:16.797 0.521
6 3 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull TAG Heuer 1:16.818 0.542
7 14 Fernando Alonso McLaren Honda 1:17.549 1.273
8 2 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren Honda 1:17.894 1.618
9 55 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso Renault 1:18.311 2.035
10 30 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1:18.415 2.139
11 31 Esteban Ocon Force India Mercedes 1:18.495 2.219
12 27 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1:17.468 1.192
13 26 Danil Kvyat Toro Rosso Renault 1:18.538 2.262
14 11 Sergio Perez Force India Mercedes 1:18.639 2.363
15 8 Romain Grosjean Haas Ferrari 1:18.771 2.495
16 20 Kevin Magnussen Haas Ferrari 1:19.095 2.819
17 18 Lance Stroll Williams Mercedes 1:19.102 2.826
18 94 Pascal Wehrlein Sauber Ferrari 1:19.839 3.563
19 40 Paul Di Resta Williams Mercedes 1:19.868 3.592
20 9 Marcus Ericsson Sauber Ferrari 1:19.972 3.696

27 Nico Hulkenberg – 5 place grid penalty for changing the gearbox

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