Lewis Hamilton says after seeing his final lap in qualifying effectively neutralised by yellow flags for a Fernando Alonso spin second on the grid came as a welcomed comfort as he hunts a fifth win in Hungary.
The Mercedes driver had been four-tenths of a second quicker in sector one than his previous best effort but his lap was foiled when he was forced to ease off by double waved yellow flags for Alonso who spun his McLaren up ahead in sector two.
With Hamilton's team-mate Nico Rosberg further behind in the order he avoided the same level slowing down, taking advantage of getting back on the power after just one set of double waved yellows, and duly pinched pole position by one-tenth.
Despite missing out Hamilton says he isn't too despondent and accepts these situations can happen in qualifying.
Having feared a potentially heftier problem had the rest of his rivals profited in the same way Rosberg did, Hamilton is content to hold on to a front row start.
“I don't know how much Nico was up at that point but the first sector I was four-tenths up and I felt good on the lap,” Hamilton said. “It was a bit unfortunate with what happened with Fernando but these things happen.
“I am not too disappointed, it was a tricky session and I did the best I could do. We still have a long race ahead of us tomorrow so I will give it everything I possibly can.”
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Looking towards the race, Hamilton isn't too concerned what weather conditions will be thrown up and is confident of having opportunities to take his charge to Rosberg. Qualifying was delayed and stalled by heavy rain before and during Q1 which made conditions dangerous to drive in.
“I hope it is going to be a dry race tomorrow but I don't mind it being mixed because those are conditions I go well in,” he said. “We shall see. For the fans I hope it stays dry but also it is a fun one.”
Hamilton can take the record of outright most F1 race wins in Hungary if he can claim a fifth victory at the Hungaroring. If the British driver finishes ahead of his Mercedes team-mate he will also inherit the F1 championship lead for the first time this season.