Hamilton on pole in Hungary

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Updated: July 28, 2012

Briton Lewis Hamilton confirmed that he and McLaren have recovered their form when he swept to a dominant pole position in Saturday’s closely-fought qualifying session for Sunday’s Hungarian Grand Prix.

Driving with supreme speed and consistency, the 27-year-old Briton clocked a best time of one minute and 20.953 seconds to top the times ahead of nearest rival Frenchman Romain Grosjean in a Lotus.

Grosjean secured his front row starting position with a fast lap in the final seconds of a tight session to move ahead of third-placed defending drivers champion Sebastian Vettel of Red Bull and Hamilton’s teammate and compatriot Jenson Button.

Finn Kimi Raikkonen was fifth in the second Lotus ahead of championship leader Fernando Alonso of Spain and his Ferrari teammate Brazilian Felipe Massa.

Venezuelan Pastor Maldonado was eighth ahead of his Williams teammate Brazilian Bruno Senna and German Nico Hulkenberg in the leading Force India.

For Hamilton, it was a third pole of the year and the 22nd of his career.

QUALIFYING RESULTS
1. Lewis Hamilton (Britain) McLaren 1:20.953
2. Romain Grosjean (France) Lotus – Renault 1:21.366
3. Sebastian Vettel (Germany) RedBull – Renault 1:21.416
4. Jenson Button (Britain) McLaren 1:21.583
5. Kimi Raikkonen (Finland) Lotus – Renault 1:21.730
6. Fernando Alonso (Spain) Ferrari 1:21.844
7. Felipe Massa (Brazil) Ferrari 1:21.900
8. Pastor Maldonado (Venezuela) Williams – Renault 1:21.939
9. Bruno Senna (Brazil) Williams – Renault 1:22.343
10. Nico Huelkenberg (Germany) Force India – Mercedes 1:22.847