Nick Heidfeld was the surprise early casualty in qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, although the German will certainly claim that he was held up by rival Sebastien Bourdais at the end of his final flying lap.
As usual, BMW Sauber did not opt to send its drivers out until the latter stages of the 20-minute session but, while Robert Kubica was rarely threatened with a place in the drop zone after his first flying lap, Heidfeld was rarely out of the bottom five. His first flying lap left him well adrift at the bottom of the pile, but his next effort saw him come across Bourdais and another car through the final couple of corners.
Although the Frenchman did not appear to be too much of a hindrance to Heidfeld, the German clearly felt aggrieved, waving his hand at his rival all the way down the main straight. The time was good enough to lift Heidfeld to 14th, but not sufficient to avoid him being overhauled by later laps elsewhere.
As a result, the BMW Sauber dropped back into the bottom five, where it was joined by Williams' Kazuki Nakajima, the Honda of Rubens Barrichello - neither able to match the escape acts of their team-mates - and the two Force Indias.
Lewis Hamilton used just one flying lap to maintain his position at the head of the field, outpacing Ferrari's Felipe Massa by a couple of tenths, while Heikki Kovalainen, Timo Glock and Jarno Trulli completed the top five.