Formula One

 
                === Hamilton captures pole for Hungarian GP ===
 
 Budapest, Hungary (Sports Network) - Lewis Hamilton from McLaren will start on
 the  pole for  Sunday's Hungarian  Grand Prix  after a  superb performance  in
 qualifying.
 
 Hamilton  topped Lotus'  Romain Grosjean  and Red  Bull's Sebastian  Vettel in
 Saturday's  qualifying session  with a lap time around the 2.722-mile, 14-turn
 Hungaroring  course  in 1 minute, 20.953  seconds. He earned his third pole of
 the  season and  the 22nd of his  Formula One career. It's also the third time
 the Brit will start up front in the Hungarian GP.
 
 "It's  been a  really positive  weekend  so far,  and  the guys  have done  an
 incredible  job as always in preparing the car," Hamilton said. "Every lap has
 been quite good throughout practice and in qualifying."
 
 Hamilton  has won  the Hungarian GP twice  (2007 and '09). He enters this race
 fifth in the world championship standings, as he trails leader Fernando Alonso
 by a distant 62 points.
 
 Grosjean  will  start on  the front row  for the first  time this season after
 qualifying 0.413 seconds behind Hamilton.
 
 "It's good to be back at the front," Grosjean said. "We had a difficult German
 Grand  Prix (last weekend) and a difficult start here in Hungary. The guys did
 a  fantastic job in setting up the car and finding out what was wrong. I think
 tomorrow's race is going to be interesting."
 
 Vettel,   the  two-time  defending  F1  world  champion,  struggled  early  in
 qualifying  but bounced back  in the final segment (Q3) to place third. He had
 won the pole for the Hungarian GP the past two seasons.
 
 "I  think the  speed is there, but  it seems extremely difficult once you lose
 the  balance  of the car,  and I  think we were  struggling with that a little
 bit," Vettel said. "It got better throughout qualifying."
 
 Vettel  and  his teammate, Mark  Webber, barely made it  out of Q1, ending the
 session  in 16th  and 17th. Webber failed  to advance out of Q2. He will start
 11th.
 
 "On  my last  run there, I didn't get  the most out of my tires," Webber said.
 "It's  disappointing  to qualify  there,  but  we  look  forward to  the  race
 tomorrow."
 
 Jenson  Button, the  defending Hungarian GP winner, put his McLaren car fourth
 on the grid, while Kimi Raikkonen from Lotus qualified fifth.
 
 Ferrari  drivers Alonso  and  Felipe Massa  will line  up  sixth and  seventh,
 respectively. Williams' Pastor Maldonado will roll off eighth, followed by his
 teammate, Bruno Senna. Nico Hulkenberg will start 10th for Force India.
 
 Alonso  currently  holds a 34-point lead  over Webber and a 44-point advantage
 over Vettel.
 
 The Hungarian GP is scheduled to start at 8 a.m. (ET).
 
 07/28 10:28:52 ET

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