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Abu Dhabi, UAESaturday 23 June 2018

Sebastian Vettel on pole for Hungarian Grand Prix as Ferrari lock out front row

Championship rival Lewis Hamilton qualifies fourth behind Mercedes-GP teammate Valtteri Bottas.

Sebastian Vettel, centre, will start at the front of the grid at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikonnen, right, will join the German on the front row. Andrej Isakovic / AFP
Sebastian Vettel, centre, will start at the front of the grid at the Hungarian Grand Prix. Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikonnen, right, will join the German on the front row. Andrej Isakovic / AFP

Championship leader Sebastian Vettel grabbed pole position for Sundayโ€™s Hungarian Grand Prix as Ferrari locked out the front row of the grid in a tense, dramatic and record-breaking qualifying session on Saturday.

Four-time world champion Vettel clocked a best lap of one minute 16.276 seconds to secure his third pole at the Hungaroring circuit and the 48th of his career.

His success gives him a perfect opportunity to make the most of the prime starting position and increase his one point lead over Lewis Hamilton in the standings.

"Yes, yes, grazie tuti (thanks everyone)," screamed Vettel, 30, on his slowdown lap. "The car has been incredible today and I love this track. Front row for us is incredible.

"We're working hard. It is just great. Obviously, the last race wasn't great for us, but we are here now and I am happy where we are as a team."

His Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen was second fastest and will start alongside Vettel at the front of the grid ahead of the two Mercedes-GP led by Valtteri Bottas, who was third, and three-time champion Hamilton.

Dutchman Max Verstappen was fifth for Red Bull Racing ahead of his Australian teammate Daniel Ricciardo, with German Nico Hulkenberg seventh for Renault and two-time champion Fernando Alonso eighth for McLaren-Honda on his 36th birthday.