Lewis Hamilton made it a clean sweep of practice and qualifying sessions by taking a comfortable pole position in Hungary on Saturday, finishing over half a second ahead of Mercedes team mate Nico Rosberg. It’s Hamilton’s fifth Budapest pole and his ninth P1 start from ten races this season.
Behind the Silver Arrows, Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel edged Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo for third on the grid, with Kimi Raikkonen fifth in the second SF15-T. Williams’ Valtteri Bottas completed the top six.
Further back there was brutal disappointment for McLaren’s Jenson Button, who had been third on the soft tyres but suffered an ERS deployment problem when it mattered. His lap of 1m 24.739s on softs was a tenth off Carlos Sainz’s, which meant the Toro Rosso driver got through but the Englishman didn’t.
Marcus Ericsson just edged out Sauber team mate Felipe Nasr for 16th, with 1m 24.843s to 1m 24.997s, as Roberto Merhi outqualified Marussia team mate Will Stevens, 1m 27.416s to 1m 27.949s with a stellar final effort.