Fernando Alonso will line up on pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix despite confusion reigning at the end of the final phase of qualifying at the Hungaroring.

The Spaniard crossed the line while all the timing systems were down at the circuit, and spent the minutes after climbing form his car in parc ferme comparing times with his rivals to try and determine where he would be lining up. Even as driver after driver reported slower times than his own, the Renault pilot seemed unwilling to accept that his morning prediction of pole had come true.

Nico Rosberg had been heading the timesheets at the point of the black-out, but the German was also pipped by countryman Sebastian Vettel, Mark Webber and Lewis Hamilton under the cloak of electronic darkness.

Vettel thus who emerged as the best of the title contenders in a frenetic session already delayed by Felipe Massa's worrying shunt in the closing moments of Q2. Amid reports that the Brazilian was awake and talking, despite taking a blow to the helmet from a suspension part dropped by Rubens Barrichello's Brawn, eight of the remaining nine drivers battled over top spot, with points leader Jenson Button removed from the action as the Brawn team rechecked his rear suspension. The Briton ended the session a second slower than Alonso and will line up in a season-worst eighth spot.

Heikki Kovalainen confirmed McLaren's improvement with sixth spot, one ahead of Massa's Ferrari team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, while Kazuki Nakajima will partner the Brazilian on row five should Massa recover sufficiently to take the start.

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