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FERRARI FASTEST IN HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING

Ferrari lock out front row for Hungarian Grand Prix - Photo: LAT

Ferrari lock out front row for Hungarian Grand Prix – Photo: LAT

Ferrari put on a dominate performance in qualifying for tonights Hungarian Grand Prix, locking out the front row.

Sebastian Vettel set the pace with a cracking 1m16.276s lap, ahead of teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

“I’m very happy with where we are as a team, just remember where we were twelve months ago and where we are now.” said Vettel

The pace of the Ferrari’s relegated the Mercedes to the second row, with Valtteri Bottas hold a slight advantage over Lewis Hamilton who ran off the circuit at Turn 4 on his first hot lap.

Red Bull claimed the third row, with Max Verstappen beating out practice pace setter Daniel Ricciardo.

Meanwhile, McLaren showed much improved pace to lock out the fourth row of the grid with both Fernando Alonso and Stoffel Vandoorne moving up after a five place grid penalty for Nico Hulkenberg who replaced a gearbox in his Renault.

Paul di Resta replaced Felipe Massa at the last minute - Photo: LAT

Paul di Resta replaced Felipe Massa at the last minute – Photo: LAT

The stand out performance of qualifying was Paul di Resta, who stepped in to replace Felipe Massa at the last minute. The commentator and Williams reserve driver, who had never driven the current Williams before the session, qualified 19th slowly picking up his pace in the first segment of qualifying.

“I’m not going to lie, I was scared, nervous, anxious,” said di Resta after the session.

“I’ve not driven one of these cars for three and a half years, apart from ten laps I did in a 2014 car and then you get thrown into qualifying which is the deepest of the deep I think – it’s like being thrown off a cliff and seeing how you can fight for survival.”

Formula 1 – Hungarian Grand Prix – Qualifying Result

Position Driver Team Time Gap
1 Sebastian Vettel Ferrari 1m16.276s
2 Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m16.444s 0.168s
3 Valtteri Bottas Mercedes 1m16.530s 0.254s
4 Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m16.693s 0.417s
5 Max Verstappen Red Bull/Renault 1m16.797s 0.521s
6 Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull/Renault 1m16.818s 0.542s
7 Fernando Alonso McLaren/Honda 1m17.549s 1.273s
8 Stoffel Vandoorne McLaren/Honda 1m17.894s 1.618s
9 Carlos Sainz Toro Rosso/Renault 1m18.311s 2.035s
10 Jolyon Palmer Renault 1m18.415s 2.139s
11 Esteban Ocon Force India/Mercedes 1m18.495s 2.219s
12 Nico Hulkenberg Renault 1m17.468s 1.192s
13 Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso/Renault 1m18.538s 2.262s
14 Sergio Perez Force India/Mercedes 1m18.639s 2.363s
15 Romain Grosjean Haas/Ferrari 1m18.771s 2.495s
16 Kevin Magnussen Haas/Ferrari 1m19.095s 2.819s
17 Lance Stroll Williams/Mercedes 1m19.102s 2.826s
18 Pascal Werhlein Sauber/Ferrari 1m19.839s 3.563s
19 Paul di Resta Williams/Mercedes 1m19.868s 3.592s
20 Marcus Ericsson Sauber/Ferrari 1m19.972s 3.696s

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