Mark Webber looked set to make the Q2 headlines for all the wrong reasons in Hungary, but a late lap ensured that he made it through to the pole position shoot-out.
The Australian's Red Bull was diagnosed with a KERS failure between Q1 and Q2, leaving it to struggle without the added power boost that could make all the difference to the drivers qualifying fortunes. Unable to better fifth on his opening lap, Webber was languishing in the drop zone until after the chequered flag was unfurled, but then rescued his final lap with a strong final sector, moving himself up to seventh overall.
Amid a flurry of changes in the closing stages of the 15-minute session, the biggest casualty became Jenson Button, who had previously hauled himself into the top ten, but then found his effort subsumed by improvements from both Webber and Felipe Massa, leaving the McLaren man 13th fastest.
Button was joined in bowing out by the two Williams drivers – both of whom had held top ten positions for a while – as well as Jean-Eric Vergne, Nico Hulkenberg and Adrian Sutil, the two Germans lining up ahead of the McLaren in the final order.
At the sharp end of the timesheets, the order was similar to Q1, with Nico Rosberg besting Lewis Hamilton in a Mercedes 1-2, with Sebastian Vettel, Romain Grosjean, Fernando Alonso, Kimi Raikkonen, Massa, Webber, Daniel Ricciardo and Sergio Perez grabbing the other top ten spots.