Sebastian Vettel pulled another pole position out of the fire when he saw off the challenge of Lewis Hamilton to claim fastest time in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Hamilton appeared to have the upper hand after beating his German rival by 0.067secs on their first runs in the final ten-minute session, having exhibited degrees of oversteer from his McLaren, but Vettel responded second time around by lowering the benchmark by another tenth. Hamilton was still on track at that point, but struggled to get the nose of his car into and around the final turn with any comfort and had to settle for second - on the dirty side of the Hungaroring's main straight.
The battle for third spot was just as intense, with Fernando Alonso, who had topped both Q1 and Q2, initially leading the way. The Spaniard, however, failed to improve second time around and was beaten by faster efforts from both Jenson Button and, more significantly, Ferrari team-mate Felipe Massa. The Brazilian's improvement also bumped Mark Webber onto the outside of row three, the Australian having struggled with KER on his opening run, but then failing to find much of a gain from it on his second.
The top six all took two stabs at pole, but the remaining quartet settled for a single run and saved a set of tyres. Nico Rosberg came out on top of the group, four-tenths ahead of Force India's Adrian Sutil, who got the better of another countryman, Michael Schumacher, with Sergio Perez opting not to go for a time at all as he took tenth for Sauber.
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