Hungarian Grand Prix: Sebastian Vettel takes 48th career pole as Ferrari lock out the front row
By: S. Harding, Xiro Xone News July 29, 2017 Updated: 9:47 PM
HUNGARORING Mogyoród, Hungary -- Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel took his 48th career pole in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix with teammate Kimi Raikkonen in second as Ferrari lock-up the front row for Sunday’s race.
Vettel finished with a time of 1:16.276 putting himself just 0.168s off teammate Raikkonen with Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas in third.
“We know we have a strong car, no matter where we go, and that’s the great thing about this year. Now we have to move forward and focus. Qualifying is done, so we now concentrate on the race,” said Vettel.
Lewis Hamilton finished fourth in the second Mercedes after he struggled with vibrations in his tires during the session putting him just 0.431s off Vettel on the second row.
“The car didn’t feel completely underneath me during practice but we made some changes into qualifying and the feeling started to improve. We knew Ferrari would be quick after seeing their pace this morning, so considering that fact I think we did pretty well to lock out row two,” said Hamilton.
Red Bull’s Max Verstappen qualified fifth and was 0.021s ahead of teammate Daniel Ricciardo in sixth. Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg qualified seventh but will start 12th after receiving a five-place penalty for a gearbox change.
As always this will shift the grid with McLaren’s Fernando Alonso moving to seventh and his teammate Stoffel Vandoorne to eighth.
Carlos Sainz qualified tenth but will move to ninth for Toro Rosso allowing Jolyon Palmer in the second Renault into the top ten for Sunday’s race. Force India’s Esteban Ocon will move up to 11th with Hulkenberg in 12th.
Ocon’s teammate Sergio Perez will start 13th with Haas’ Romain Grosjean starting 14th after dealing with break issues during the session. Teammate Kevin Magnussen took 15th, just missing out on Q2. Daniil Kvyat qualified in 16th in the second Toro Rosso. Williams driver Lance Stroll put his Williams in 17th ahead of Pascal Wehrlein's Sauber in 18th.
Williams Reserve driver Paul di Resta qualified 19th after Stroll’s teammate Felipe Massa was forced to step down ahead of qualifying after falling ill in the final practice session.
Wehrlein's Sauber teammate Marcus Ericsson took the final spot on the grid in 20th.
“It’s been a busy 18 hours, getting prepared to drive in case it did happen but unsure if it was going to. I was nervous and anxious. You’re unsure of how your ability is going to be when you get out there. I was ironing my shirt at 11 o’clock this morning preparing to be presenting on TV. But honestly, I quickly felt quite comfortable in the car,” said di Resta.
Paul di Resta’s last time behind the wheel of an F1 car was the Brazilian Grand Prix in 2013.