Jenson Button and Michael Schumacher shared the headlines in the second stage of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, both bowing out after failing to gain places with their final flying laps.
Schumacher made an early exit for the fourth time in five races, failing to move up from 14th spot despite an improvement on his final lap. Button, meanwhile, was pushed backwards into the danger zone when Pedro de la Rosa leapt into ninth, and then similarly failed to improve by enough to make the cut. The reigning world champion will line up eleventh on race day, one place ahead of Rubens Barrichello, who had earlier aborted his final flier seemingly to give Button a reprieve.
The Briton was also joined through the exit by the two Force India drivers, Adrian Sutil and Tonio Liuzzi, who managed 13th and 16th respectively, and both Toro Rossos, who intra-team battle was resolved in favour of Sebastien Buemi, who will line up one place behind Schumacher.
Once again, Red Bull was the team to beat at the front of the field, but this time it was Mark Webber setting the pace, setting up a fascinating final phase in the battle for pole. Fernando Alonso, Vitaly Petrov and Nico Rosberg completed an unexpected top five, with Felipe Massa, Robert Kubica, Lewis Hamilton, de la Rosa and Nico Hulkenberg also making it into the top ten shoot-out.