Neither Lotus Renault made it through to the pole position shoot-out at the Hungarian Grand Prix after being bumped from the top during the second phase of qualifying.
Indeed, Vitaly Petrov and Nick Heidfeld will start only twelfth and 14th for the race at the Hungaroring after failing to find the extra pace needed to surmount a three-tenths gap, but their previous podium-winning performances marked them out as the highest-profile casualties of a 15-minute session that saw the lower end of the top ten change with some regularity.
Paul di Resta came closest to breaking into the final phase, but was bumped out of tenth after the chequered flag had fallen, as Michael Schumacher saved his afternoon at the last gap. The Scot had previously bumped Petrov, but could not match Force India team-mate Adrian Sutil in remaining in the final group. Williams duo Rubens Barrichello and Pastor Maldonado rounded out the 'non-qualifiers', the Venezuelan not even managing to set a time after his last-ditch progression into Q2.
At the top of the times, Fernando Alonso again scooped the fastest time, lowering the weekend best to 1min 20.262secs as he saw off Jenson Button and Mark Webber, but Lewis Hamilton completed just one run on the harder Pirelli rubber and looks set to be a threat for pole as he lapped less than a second off the pace. The two Red Bulls, McLarens and Ferraris will be joined in the final phase of qualifying by both Mercedes, as well as Sutil and the lone Sauber of Sergio Perez.